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  • Defending an Action at the District Justice Office

    Informational brochure from MidPenn Legal Services outlining the procedure in defending an action at district justice court in central Pennsylvania. Read More

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    MidPenn Legal Services
  • Eviction Procedures in Pennsylvania (Video)

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services for tenants in northwestern Pennsylvania on private Landlord/Tenant Law and your rights as a tenant when being evicted by your landlord from your home, including the legal procedures involved in evictions. Presented by Attorney Andrea Amicangelo. March 2011. (9:40) Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Filing an Appeal of an Eviction (Video)

    This video from Neighborhood Legal Services Association outlines the steps that you need to take in order to file an appeal of an eviction decision from the Magisterial District Court to the Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. Specific instructions are given for cases in counties served by Neighborhood Legal Services Association. Read More

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Hoarding: Know Your Rights

    This handbook provides information for people who struggle with hoarding, clutter, and home maintenance problems. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
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    Spanish / Español
  • How to Prepare for Landlord-Tenant Court if You are Facing Eviction (Video)

    Video from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project, providing a description of your rights when being evicted and about how the eviction process works. Specific information is included about the eviction process that is followed in Philadelphia, along with some resources for people facing eviction in Philadelphia. Read More

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    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
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    Spanish / Español
  • How to Sue At the Office of the Magisterial District Judge

    Information from MidPenn Legal Services on how to file suit on small claims in your local Office of the Magisterial District Judge. Read More

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    MidPenn Legal Services
  • Illegal Lockouts (Video)

    This video from Neighborhood Legal Services Association explains tenants' rights under the law in Pennsylvania that offer protection against self-help evictions when the landlord changes the locks or renders the property unusable without following the property eviction procedures. Read More

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Landlord Tenant Overview and Notice Requirements

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services providing an overview of landlord tenant law and notice requirements. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Magisterial District Judge Court - Defense

    This informational packet from Northwestern Legal Services provides information when defending an action filed with the Magisterial District Judge Court. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Magisterial District Judge Court - Filing Suit

    This information from Northwestern Legal Services provides instructions on how to file a lawsuit in Magisterial District Judge Court. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Moved Out and Left Items? How to Get Back Your Belongings After Being Evicted or Moving Out.

    This brochure from Neighborhood Legal Services Association discusses the rules for a tenant trying to retrieve personal belongings if items are left behind at a rental property. Read More

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Notice of Appeal for Pennsylvania

    This packet from North Penn Legal Services will prepare a "Notice of Appeal" form (as well as a Civil Cover Sheet) for filing an appeal from the Magisterial District Court to the Court of Common Pleas. Instructions for filing and service will be included. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Petition to Waive Court Costs

    Click the document title to be linked to LawHelp Interactive where you can prepare a Petition to Waive Court Fees which can be used to ask the Pennsylvania Court for permission to file legal papers for free. This form can be used in most types of court cases in Pennsylvania. Approval to waive fees is not automatic. You will need to ask the Court to approve your Petition. Instructions will be included. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form; you will need to answer questions while connected to the Internet. IMPORTANT: To use this form, you must use Internet Explorer as your browser and Microsoft Word to print your documents. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Security Deposits

    Information from Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. on tenants' rights relating to security deposits. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
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    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
  • Self-Help Handbook for Tenants

    This handbook from North Penn Legal Services provides useful information about renting an apartment and some of the basics of landlord-tenant law. For those looking for rental housing, the handbook has practical suggestions about what to look for while inspecting the rental unit and what questions to ask the landlord. For those who are already renting, the handbook discusses common problems such as nonpayment of rent or complaints about repairs. [PDF] Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español