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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
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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

    By:
    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Security Deposits

    Flyer on security deposits including the steps you should take to have your deposit returned to you. Content Detail

    By:
    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
  • 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
  • Tips for Moving out and for Getting the Security Deposit Back

    Information from Neighborhood Legal Services Association on recovering your security deposit. Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • 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
  • 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
  • PA Courts Public Access Policy - Filing Requirements in the Courts (Video)

    Effective on January 6, 2018, a new Public Access Policy is in effect in Pennsylvania Courts. This policy imposes requirements on anyone filing court documents in the trial and appellate courts to safeguard information in the documents they file. The Pennsylvania Courts have released this series of videos that explain the judiciary’s new policy for protecting confidential information and the required steps you must take to protect that information when filing documents in the courts. Content Detail

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    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • 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

    By:
    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
  • Handbook on Rules and Procedures for Landlord-Tenant Relations in the Fifth Judicial District - Allegheny County

    This handbook outlines what a tenant in Allegheny County should know if they have a dispute with their landlord. It details how a tenant can avoid court, instances when a tenant can bring their landlord to court and what to do if a tenant must go to court. Download PDF version. Read More

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    Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts
  • 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

    By:
    North Penn Legal Services
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Tenants Rights

    Information on the rights of tenants in a landlord and tenant relationship. Content Detail

    By:
    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Security Deposits

    Information on the legal issues concerning security deposits from the Erie County Bar Association. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association