YOUR LANDLORD CANNOT keep your property for back rent or if you are unable to get it all before your move out date. PA State Landlord/Tenant Law & Act 129 of 2012 spells out the legal requirements of landlords and tenants. THE MORE YOU KNOW the better you can protect your rights. Don’t let the slumlords in Pottstown intimidate you – there are many reports from tenants this winter of illegal strongarm evictions & threats: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/pennsylvania-landlord-tenant-law-act-129-sets-new-rules-for-tenants-abandoned-property
THERE IS ONLY ONE…way to legally evict a tenant. If your landlord is bullying you or threatening to have the cops meet him/her at your rental to help him throw you out – UNDERSTAND YOUR RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS, read the landlord/tenant handbook, below.
Understand your responsibilities as a renter and make sure your landlord is REGISTERED with the Borough, if they are not, report them to your ward representative or the borough manager. If your ward rep/councilperson doesn’t reply to your email or return your phone call, send the cockroach an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Borough Hall – 100 High St.
Mark Flanders, Borough Manager - 610-970-6511
Pottstown: Residential Rental License Ordinance <click>
Last month, Montgomery County Commissioners held a Town Hall style meeting at the Community College. Voucher housing was a topic of concern for residents in Pottstown. The commissioners assured the community that if there are problems with the tenants of voucher housing, or the landlords themselves they are open to hearing from you.
Josh Shapiro, Chairman email@example.com
Leslie Richards firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Castor email@example.com
Joel Johnson, Head of MontCo Voucher Housing firstname.lastname@example.org
THINK TWICE before you sign a lease with a Property Management Co., Real Estate Agency acting as Manager or vague corporations with names like: ABC Group, LP or LLC. Criminal slumlords can hide behind these corps and managers while they ply their disgusting business practices to your detriment.
YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE
<click here>HOW TO FIND A SLUMLORD
If you don’t understand your rights as a renter after reading the law, leave a comment on this page with your questions. We’ll do the research and post the answers for everyone to read.
To learn if your current or future landlord has a history of not paying their mortgages, taxes and municipal fees: <Click on the link Below> Enter their name.
Other useful links help you learn about your neighbors or house mates in an apartment home, (maybe even your landlord). <click on the links below>:
UPDATE: 2/1/2012 We were recently made aware of the fact that when rental property inspections are made, Codes DOES NOT inspect the furnace or the electrical panel box. It is strongly suggested – before you sign a lease and move into a new apartment/house:
INSIST on a professional inspection of these systems or ask the landlord for CURRENT, (not over a year old), documentation that they have been inspected and found to be safe.
TAKE BACK YOUR POWER POTTSTOWN RENTERS!!!!
We’ve been notified of a situation, recently, where even a respectable landlord over-looked the importance of dependable, safe heat and electric service when renting to a new tenant. Luckily, when the oil company arrived to fill the tank they noticed the danger and the good landlord bent over backward to have it repaired.
YOUR WELL-BEING & THAT OF YOUR FAMILY IS DEPENDENT ON YOUR ABILITY TO STAND UP FOR YOURSELF, Understand your Rights AND SETTLE FOR NOTHING LESS THAN A SAFE, HABITABLE LIVING ENVIRONMENT.
In Pennsylvania, “IMPLIED HABITABILITY” is the law:
Here’s a helpful tidbit from MSN:
Don’t fall for these 10 crazy landlord claims
Your landlord has a legal obligation to you and to the rental agreement you both signed. Learn about some of the false claims a landlord may make – and the truth behind them.
Print out this CHECK LIST BEFORE You Sign a Lease and MOVE IN. Ask the landlord to do a walk through with you and sign off that he/she is aware of the conditions – Take Photo’s – Before you move in and when you move out. This can protect you in the event of a lawsuit.
You can lose your housing if your rental property owner does NOT pay the water:
FINALLY, Here’s the List:
FEATURED SLUMLORDS with links to corresponding blog posts about their activities in our community:
3/16/2014 Nuisance Renters/Slum Properties – Essam (Sam) Schedid
3/16/2014 Strong arm eviction - Alan Kocotas
2/8/2014 Illegal Boarding Houses/Strong Arm Evictions – David A. Zischang
12/2013 Deadbeat, tax delinquent - QAC, Inc. Principals: Mr. & Mrs. Zhu
6/1/13 Christopher and Jennifer Levy