A Pennsylvania tenant’s right to recover a security deposit.

Under Pennsylvania's Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951, 68 P.S. '250.101, et. Seq., a landlord may require a security deposit to be held for tenant caused damages and possible past due rent. See 68 P.S. §250.511 and §250.512. A security deposit is not the same as rent. It is money that actually belongs to the … Continue reading A Pennsylvania tenant’s right to recover a security deposit.

Concerns on both sides when drafting a commercial lease for a medical marijuana business.

In the upcoming year, medical marijuana businesses will be applying for permits to conduct business in Pennsylvania as either a grower/processor or a dispensary. In my previous blog, I commented on how it may be significantly more costly to rent property for a medical marijuana business than a non-marijuana business as result of the risks … Continue reading Concerns on both sides when drafting a commercial lease for a medical marijuana business.

At-Will Eviction Term in a Residential Lease for One-Year Term

A residential lease is usually for a term of one year. There are other terms, like month-to-month leases, or six-month terms, or even a term for over a year. Usually, the terms between the landlord and tenant are memorialized in a contract, called a lease. The lease is a mixture of several areas of law. … Continue reading At-Will Eviction Term in a Residential Lease for One-Year Term

Landlord-Tenant: Brief Overview

A residential lease is where the landlord and tenant enter into a contract to lease premises, real property, for the sole purpose of living. The real property is used as a home. The classic example of a lease is for an apartment. The lease can also be for a house or mobile home. The lease … Continue reading Landlord-Tenant: Brief Overview

Landlord Tenant & Infestation – What Can A Tenant Do

I recently had a friend contact me with questions about Landlord-Tenant law in Pennsylvania.  Here is the story: I have been living in our apartment for a little over four years. Within the past year there has been an infestation of roaches. ( we had the problem in 2011&2012 but is subsided) We brought this … Continue reading Landlord Tenant & Infestation – What Can A Tenant Do

Press Release: Attorney Hovey to be Featured on Tonight’s WFMZ-69’s 6:00pm Newscast Concerning Tenants Rights and Absentee Landlords

We are proud to announce that Attorney Matthew T. Hovey of Prince Law Offices, P.C. will be featured this evening on WFMZ-69's 6:00pm newscast.  Attorney Hovey was interviewed this afternoon about tenants' rights and their ability to address absentee landlords. Landlords who fail to respond legitimate complains from tenants about housing conditions is a serious … Continue reading Press Release: Attorney Hovey to be Featured on Tonight’s WFMZ-69’s 6:00pm Newscast Concerning Tenants Rights and Absentee Landlords

My Landlord Will Not Make Repairs! What Can I Do? (PART III)

By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire This week I am providing a three-part series on the Implied Warranty of Habitability. Part I, posted on Monday, explained what the Implied Warranty of Habitability is and provided examples of actionable violations. Part II, posted on Wednesday, explained what someone can do if they are a victim of a … Continue reading My Landlord Will Not Make Repairs! What Can I Do? (PART III)

My Landlord Will Not Make Repairs! What Can I Do? (PART II)

By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire This week I am providing a three-part series on the Implied Warranty of Habitability. Part I, posted on Monday, explained what the Implied Warranty of Habitability is and provided examples of actionable violations. Part II, today’s posting, will explain what someone can do if they are a victim of a … Continue reading My Landlord Will Not Make Repairs! What Can I Do? (PART II)

My Landlord Will Not Make Repairs! What Can I Do? (PART I)

By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire Most of the clients I meet with who are residential tenants are unaware of the fact that in Pennsylvania they are protected by the Implied Warranty of Habitability. In other words, they are unaware of the fact that their landlord has an obligation to make necessary repairs to the property … Continue reading My Landlord Will Not Make Repairs! What Can I Do? (PART I)

Bogus Charges From Your Landlord?

By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire Almost always, when a new tenant signs a residential lease with a landlord, the landlord will require that the tenant provide a security deposit in addition to rent. The security deposit is held by the landlord and will be used by the landlord in various circumstances if the tenant fails … Continue reading Bogus Charges From Your Landlord?