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  • 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.
  • 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
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    Spanish / Español
  • 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
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    Spanish / Español
  • Landlord's Duty To Make Repairs

    Information from Neighborhood Legal Services Association on a landlord's duty to repair rental property. Content Detail

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    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • 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
  • Warranty of Habitability

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services on warranty of habitability and a landlord's responsibility to provide a safe home. Read More

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    Northwestern 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control

    Information from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on lead-based paint hazards. Content Detail

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    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • 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
  • 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
  • Home Improvements

    Information from MidPenn Legal Services providing information when deciding whether to make home repairs. Content Detail

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    MidPenn Legal Services
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    Spanish / Español
  • 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