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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Housing Discrimination and Fair Housing issues in Pennsylvania.

  • A Disabled Tenant’s Rights to A Reasonable Accommodation

    Information from MidPenn Legal Services on when a tenant may be eligible for a reasonable accommodation from a landlord when renting a home or apartment. [PDF] Content Detail

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    MidPenn Legal Services
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    Spanish / Español
  • Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

    Information from the Fair Housing Law Center on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's mandate to administer the Department’s housing and urban development programs in a manner to affirmatively further fair housing. Content Detail

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    Fair Housing Law Center
  • Discrimination and Erie Human Relations Commission (Audio-MP3)

    Episode of Northwestern Legal Services' "Access to Justice" Radio show broadcast on JET 1400 AM in Erie, PA on 3-27-2008. Information regarding discrimination, specifically relating to education, housing and sexual orientation, how to file a complaint with the Erie (PA) Human Relations Commission. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Fair Housing Guide

    This Fair Housing Guide from Fair Housing Law Center is designed to provide the necessary information, tools, and resources needed to identify and report possible incidents of housing discrimination. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Fair Housing Law Center
  • Fair Housing is Your Right - Use It! (Video)

    Federal, state and local laws promote fair housing and prohibit housing discrimination. This video from North Penn Legal Services explains your right to Fair Housing. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • 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
  • Lending Discrimination

    Information from the Fair Housing Law Center on Fair Lending, which is fair, equitable and non-discriminatory access to credit by consumers. Content Detail

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    Fair Housing Law Center
  • 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
  • Reasonable Accommodations

    Information from the Fair Housing Law Center about what are reasonable accommodations and when can you ask for and get them. Content Detail

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    Fair Housing Law Center
  • Reasonable Modifications

    Information from the Fair Housing Law Center on reasonable modifications, which are defined as structural changes made to existing premises, occupied or to be occupied by a person with a disability, in order to afford such person full enjoyment of the premises. Content Detail

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    Fair Housing Law Center
  • Request for Reasonable Accommodation

    This form prepares a "Request for Reasonable Accommodation" for disabled tenants in Pennsylvania. You can send the request to a landlord, if you need changes to your rental unit or rental program because of your disability. IMPORTANT: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form. To use this form, you must have Internet Explorer and Microsoft Word installed on the computer you are using. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • 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
  • What Is Fair Housing?

    Information from the Fair Housing Law Center on the provisions of the Fair Housing Act that prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings based on membership in certain protected classes. Content Detail

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    Fair Housing Law Center