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AVVO ANSWER: Tenant wants to sue landlord after house is condemned as unfit for human habitation.

No. 1,411

Notice to Quit must Be in writing and hand-delivered; but may be waived in the lease.

No. 1,410

Noisy Neighbor? Consider Moving.

No. 1,407 Here’s an AVVO Answer Question I answered today.  The noisy neighbor problem is a common one in apartment buildings and is especially vexatious when the Landlord will do nothing about it. In some communities, the Landlord has an incentive to evict a noisy tenant because the municipality will charge the owner ( landlord) […]

TENANT: Make Sure You Know What You Are Getting Before Signing Lease.

No. 1,344 I get variations on this question, which I answered below in AVVO, all of the time.  Although under the law of contracts, the landlord did not provide what was bargained for, as a practical matter, the tenant has no remedy.  

CLT an AVVO Answers Top Contributor for 2014

I just received notice that I am once again a top contributor to AVVO, as was the case last year. Those contributions were in the form of questions answered through AVVO about real estate and landlord tenant law. I have been doing this almost since the beginning of AVVO. I am currently no. 58 in the all-time rankings for landlord tenant submissions.

The Last Bastion of Smoking is Collapsing — the Home.

No. 1,107 The Allegheny County Housing Authority recently announced that it is banning smoking inside the building at 5 public housing locations. As the New York Times and many other publications have observed, this is a national trend. Of course, some residents have expressed outrage and disbelief that the Constitution does not protect them from […]

Ownership of Appliances Required by Lease to be Replaced by Tenant.

“My lease states that I must maintain or replace the appliances. The stove top and oven were not working properly, so I replaced them and a new refrigerator since the appliances were from 1962. I have just recently gave a 30 day notice to quit and now the landlord will not let me take my appliances but in the lease it doesn’t state they have to stay, just I must maintain or replace what was there at my own expense.”

TENANTS: Joint Lease Means Joint Liability.

Sorry to break the bad news. You are liable for the whole amount. So is she and the others. The landlord doesn’t have to sue you all, she can sue any one of you.

Thank you, AVVO

AVVO, the organization that inter alia, provides the public with ratings for lawyers, has increased my rating to 10.0. That’s the ceiling for AVVO ratings. Thank you, AVVO.

An Interesting Exchange over Judgment and Execution.

No. 762 Expert Advice When You Need It Most Can a writ of execution be issued the same day a judgment is awarded or must you give notice? Asked 2 days ago – Sarver, PA Practice area: Debt Collection – Edit Had someone file at court records department for a judgment and at the same time […]

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CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 40 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.


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