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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
  • Becoming a Responsible Renter (Video)

    Video from the Allegheny County Department of Human Service on steps you can take to become a responsible renter. Read More

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    Allegheny County Department of Human Service
  • 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
  • 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 - 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
  • 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
  • Tenant and Landlord Relationships (Audio-MP3)

    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
  • Your Right as a Tenant to a Decent Home

    This brochure from Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. describes the right of a tenant to a safe and sanitary home. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
  • Deduct & Repair - Tenant's Right to a Safe and Decent Home

    Informational guide from MidPenn Legal Services for tenants which explains their right to a safe and decent home and the right to deduct the cost of necessary repairs from future rents if the landlord fails to make repairs. Read More

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    MidPenn Legal Services
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • How to Get Your Landlord to Make Repairs (Video)

    Video from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project, offering information on how to get your landlord to make necessary repairs to your rental property. Read More

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    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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
  • Utilities Termination Issues

    Information from MidPenn Legal Services outlining your consumer rights regarding utility terminations. Read More

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    MidPenn Legal Services
  • Utility Service for Tenants (Video)

    This video from Neighborhood Legal Services Association explains what a tenant should do when a landlord fails to pay the utility bill and the service is going to be shut off. Read More

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Utility Service Tenants Rights Act

    Information for tenants from Northwestern Legal Services regarding utility service your rights under the Tenants Rights Act. Read More

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    Northwestern Legal Services