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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

    By:
    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Tenants! Being Evicted?

    Information from Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. on the rights of tenants who are being evicted. Read More

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    Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc.
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    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
  • 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
  • Illegal Lockouts in Philadelphia County

    Flyer on illegal lockouts and the legal eviction process in Philadelphia County. Content Detail

    By:
    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
  • Illegal Lockouts (Video)

    This video from Neighborhood Legal Services Association explains tenants' rights under the law in Pennsylvania that offer protection against self-help evictions when the landlord changes the locks or renders the property unusable without following the property eviction procedures. Read More

    By:
    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • How to Prepare for Landlord-Tenant Court if You are Facing Eviction (Video)

    Video from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project, providing a description of your rights when being evicted and about how the eviction process works. Specific information is included about the eviction process that is followed in Philadelphia, along with some resources for people facing eviction in Philadelphia. Read More

    By:
    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • What Kind of Notice to Vacate Is Required for Residential Leases under Pennsylvania Law?

    Information from Neighborhood Legal Services Association on notice requirements in eviction. Content Detail

    By:
    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Appealing a Landlord/Tenant Judgment for Possession Pro Se

    Information from MidPenn Legal Services on how to file an Appeal to the Court of Common Pleas if the Magisterial District Judge rules against you in a lawsuit filed by your landlord. Content Detail

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    MidPenn Legal Services
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    Spanish / Español
  • Housing Code Fact Sheet

    Fact Sheet from MidPenn Legal Services outlining various house code issues and tenants rights Read More

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    MidPenn Legal Services
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    Spanish / Español
  • 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

    By:
    North Penn Legal Services
  • Residential Tenant Rights

    Information on rights of tenants from the Erie County Bar Association. Content Detail

    By:
    Erie County Bar Association
  • Attention Renters: Are You Protected?

    Information from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department about Renter's Insurance in Pennsylvania. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Insurance Department
  • Defending a Lawsuit

    Information on how to defend a lawsuit from the Erie County Bar Association. Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Housing Navigator Unit (Allegheny County)

    The Allegheny County Department of Human Services Housing Navigator Unit was established in 2018 to help homeless persons served by DHS find and maintain safe, affordable housing in the private market. The Housing Navigator Unit works toward this goal by recruiting and supporting landlords in the private market who rent to DHS tenants. The unit also works with the agencies charged with providing support services to the tenants. This public/private partnership aims to speed up access to private rental properties, improve communication and trust, resolve concerns and complaints, and increase accountability among all parties - the landlords, the service providers and the tenants. Content Detail

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    Allegheny County Department of Human Service
  • Housing Resourses for Victims of Crime from PASafeLaw.org

    Victims of crime often have a hard time finding or keeping housing. The following resources are intended to assist you in obtaining housing and avoiding an improper eviction. Content Detail

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    PASafeLaw