Landlord-tenant disputes in Pennsylvania can quickly go sour. Miscommunication can easily go from a simple problem to litigation. You may need an experienced real estate attorney to represent you in your dispute. At Mazzoni Valvano Szewczyk & Karam, we understand the issues that surround landlord and tenant claims. We work hard to make sure we resolve your case without resorting to litigation. And, if the parties cannot reach a resolution, our real estate attorneys will represent you in district court. We have the experience and the track record to make sure you get the best possible outcome for your case.
Pennsylvania’s Landlord And Tenant Act of 1951 governs many of the aspects of landlord-tenant relationships, such as:
In addition to the fundamental rights under the Landlord and Tenant Act, there are also the Pennsylvania Security Deposit laws under code sections 68 P.S. §§ 250.511a-250.512. Key takeaways include:
Tenants need to be aware that you can only withhold rent for specific circumstances. These include when repairs cost more than your rent to repair, and the home has become inhabitable.
For example, having a cracked toilet seat that your landlord refuses to fix doesn’t mean you can withhold your rent. However, if there is structural damage to the apartment that makes you unable to stay in the home, you have reason to withhold rent.
If you do withhold rent, you should do the following:
Only then should you be able to withhold rent but do not spend the money. If your landlord takes you to court and wins a judgment against you, you will have to pay that money back.
When you are looking to rent a new place, you may have needs to address, like accessibility standards. Under fair housing laws, renters are protected from various discriminatory actions.
The landlord cannot ask an individual seeking a rental whether they have a disability or illness, nor can the landlord request medical records. Upon moving in, the landlord may be required to allow the tenant to make modifications to the living unit. However, if the tenant does so, the landlord is not responsible for the cost.
An individual seeking a rental cannot be discriminated against based on being a member of specific classifications. This includes race, religion, national origin, familial status, disability, and sex.
Since 1962, the Scranton landlord-tenant dispute attorneys at Mazzoni Valvano Szewczyk & Karam have been fighting for the rights of landlords and tenants throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. With decades of experience and a stellar track record, we know the ins and outs of real estate law in Pennsylvania and can assist you in your case.
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