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Posted By Cliff Tuttle | September 7, 2008

Posted by Cliff Tuttle

September is hereby declared to be Landlord-Tenant Month on Pittsburgh Legal Back Talk. Check your knowledge of basic LL/TT law in this little True and False Quiz. Then, watch this blog every day for articles about the topics covered by this Quiz and more. Make a record of your answers to these ten questions before checking the Official Answers.

1. Matters arising under the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951 are under the jurisdiction of the Magisterial District Judge unless the amount claimed is over $8,000.00.
T or F

2. A plaintiff before the Magisterial District Judge may waive the portion of his claim over $8,000.00 to retain jurisdiction with the Magisterial District Judge.
T or F

3. If the defendant appeals the final order of the Magisterial District Judge, any waiver of the claim over $8,000.00 is automatically wiped out.
T or F

4. Wages, salaries and commissions of individuals in the hands of an employer may be attached or levied for unpaid rent to satisfy an unpaid judgment for rent.
T or F

5. Military personnel, including members of the Pennsylvania National Guard, have a right to early termination of a residential lease if they receive change of station orders for a period of over three months.
T or F

6. A landlord may require up to two months rent as a security deposit during the first year of a lease, but only one month security deposit in the second year.
T or F

7. All security deposits over $100.00 must be deposited in an insured bank account.
T or F

8. If a landlord fails to provide a written list of damages to a tenant within 30 days following termination of the lease or surrender of the premises, the landlord loses his right to sue for damages.
T or F

9. If the landlord does not pay the tenant the difference between the damages to the premises and the security deposit within 30 days after termination of the lease or surrender of the premises, the landlord will be liable to the tenant for double the difference.
T or F

10. A mobile home park owner must refund the installation or removal cost to the tenant of a mobile home space at the time the space is recovered or be liable to the tenant for treble their amount plus treasonable attorneys fees.
T or F

The Official Answers can be found in the first entry in Comments. While you are there, leave a comment to disagree with an answer, ask a question or suggest a Landlord-Tenant topic you would like to see discussed this month.



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 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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