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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about issues relating to Tenants Rights
in Pennsylvania.

  • How to Keep Someone off Your Property

    Information from Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. about keeping people off your property and the law relating to defiant trespass. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
  • Renting an Apartment (Video)

    This "Renting an Apartment" video from North Penn Legal Services addresses many practical issues tenants and landlords should consider before entering into a lease agreement. Of particular interest to landlords is an extensive panel discussion on discriminatory advertising and rental practices. The format includes vignettes and a panel discussion. (24 minutes) Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • A Tenant's Guide to Renting

    This handbook from Neighborhood Legal Services Association is designed to address some common problems that you may face as a tenant. It addresses a number issues including Searching for a rental unit; Reviewing and signing your lease; Moving into your new rental unit; Living in your rental unit; and Moving out. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • 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
  • Moving Before Your Lease Is Up?

    Information about your rights and obligations, and your landlord's rights and opbligations when you move out before your lease is up. Content Detail

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    MidPenn Legal Services
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Rights and Responsibilities of Tenants Living in Federal Housing

    A brochure for tenants living in federal housing from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. (PDF format, 8 Pages) Content Detail

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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • 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
  • Tenants Rights

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

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    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • 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
  • Tenants’ Rights in Dealing with Bed Bugs

    Information from North Penn Legal Services on Tenants' rights in dealing with a bed bug problem. [PDF] Content Detail

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    North Penn Legal Services
  • Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services for tenants about your right to quiet enjoyment of your premises. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Landlord’s Interference With a Tenant’s Right to Utility Service

    Information from MidPenn Legal Services on a Tenant's rights regarding utility service in a rented residence. [PDF] Content Detail

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    MidPenn Legal Services
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Tenant and Landlord Relationships (Audio-MP3) audio

    This is an episode of Northwestern Legal Services' "Access to Justice" Radio show broadcast on JET 1400 AM in Erie, PA on 7/12/07. Consumer Protection Law in Pennsylvania and Landlord/Tenant Relationships are discussed by NWLS Attorneys John Gandrud & David Hull in this episode. (28:15) Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Tenant Resource Guide

    This guide was produced by Community Legal Services of Philadelphia and The Legal Clinic for the Disabled to help connect low-income tenants in Philadelphia to community resources. Content Detail

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    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
  • The Right of Quiet Enjoyment

    Information from Neighborhood Legal Services Association on a tenant's right to quiet enjoyment. Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association