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  • 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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  • How to Get Your Security Deposit Back from Your Landlord (Video)

    Video from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project, explaining your rights in regard to a security deposit you paid when renting an apartment or home, including the steps necessary to recover that deposit when leaving the residence. Read More

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    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
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  • Security Deposits (Video)

    This video from Neighborhood Legal Services Association discussed the situation where tenants do not receive their security deposits back from the landlords when they move out of the property. Find out what type of notice you need to give your landlord and what to do if your landlord does not give your deposit back. Read More

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Request for Return of Security Deposit

    This form prepares a letter for Pennsylvania tenants to send to your landlord to request the return of your security deposit. If appropriate, the letter will also notify your landlord that you wish to terminate your lease. 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
  • How to Protect Your Security Deposit

    This informational brochure from Northwestern Legal Services provides an overview of what a security deposit is and why you should create a checklist upon moving into an apartment. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Security Deposits

    Information for tenants from Northwestern Legal Services on the amount of security deposits, how to obtain the return of your deposit, the landlord's obligations, and what to do if the landlord refuses to return the deposit. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • 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
  • Magisterial District Courts

    Information from Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. on the operation of Magisterial District Courts in Pennsylvania. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
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  • 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
  • Tenants' Rights - Going to Court

    Northwestern Legal Services provides general information for tenants regarding district justice court hearings. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • The District Justice Hearing: North Penn Legal Services Landlord - Tenant Video Workshop

    This video workshop from North Penn Legal Services features a typical hearing before a magisterial district Judge in a landlord-tenant case, followed by a panel discussion featuring several judges describing some best practices for you to use at your hearing, as well as some things to avoid. The process in the video is typical of any civil case brought before a magisterial district judge in Pennsylvania. 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
  • 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
  • Common Landlord-Tenant Myths (Video)

    This video, Common Landlord-Tenant Myths, provides information on most of the problems arising during the tenancy, including written versus oral leases, eviction notices, illegal self-help evictions, security deposits, and warranty of habitability. 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
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