Philadelphia Tenant Lawyer

Experienced Philadelphia Tenant Lawyer

We take our obligation to stand up for our clients very seriously in Philadelphia Tenant Matters
The Attorneys at The Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos have experience in Philadelphia Tenant Matters. One experienced Lawyers work together with the client to ensure that all needs are satisfied in a timely and efficient manner.  For tenants we take very seriously our obligation to stand up for our clients, and have a record of taking our cases directly to the Court of Common Pleas to get justice.  We have the expertise and ability to provide committed and competent representation, at a cost effective price.

The Tenant

P.C.S.A. Section 250.512 governs recovery of security deposits in Pennsylvania.  A Philadelphia Landlord-Tenant Lawyer can assist you in recovery of your security deposit.  Under the law, a landlord must provide a list within thirty days of termination of the lease or surrender of the premises, specifying any damages for which the tenant is liable.  Delivery of the list shall be accompanied by payment of the difference between the security deposit and the actual amount of damages.  The landlord may also refuse to return the security deposit if rent has gone unpaid, or if another condition of the lease is breached.

Pursuant to 250.212(b), any landlord who fails to provide a written list within thirty days forfeits their right to withhold any portion of the deposit, or to bring suit against the tenant for damages to the apartment.

If the landlord fails to return the security deposit and provide a written list of damages, the tenant may sue the landlord for double the amount of the original security deposit.  At the hearing, the landlord may present argument that the deposit was withheld because of damages to the premises.  The burden will be on the landlord to prove damages.

The right to return of one’s security deposit cannot be waived by contract.  This means that a tenant can recover their security deposit, even if language in their lease would otherwise preclude them from making a recovery.

Finally, for the tenant to successfully recover their deposit they must provide the landlord with notice of their new address in writing upon termination. Failure to provide notice relieves the landlord of the obligation to return the funds.

If you are a tenant faced with a landlord who is wrongfully withholding your deposit, contact a Philadelphia Landlord-Tenant lawyer to get your deposit back.  Our office handles an array of tenant issues, and is prepared to provide aggressive representation.  Call us for a consultation at (267) 535-9776,

City of Philadelphia Anti-Lockout Ordinance

The City Counsel of Philadelphia has passed Chapter 9-1600.  This Anti-Lockout Ordinance is a prohibition against unlawful eviction practices.  The Ordinance authorizes the local police to assist tenants who have been evicted by their Landlords without court process.  The ordinance also imposes penalties on any individual who engages in self-help eviction.  For more information on the Ordinance click here.

Tenant Rights

Right of Appeal.

Tenants have an automatic right to appeal a Municipal Court decision to the Court of Common Pleas.

Request for Reasonable Accommodation.

Tenants with disabilities may be entitled to certain concessions from the landlords.

Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment.

You have a right to be free from disturbances from others, including your landlord. This may include a right to reasonable notice if the landlord is coming into your home.

Right to Habitability.

Tenants have a right to rent a dwelling that is fit for its intended purpose. If the property is in violation of the Housing Code does not have the requisite licenses, you may be entitled to relief.

Right to Deduct and Repair.

If there is a material issue with the property, the tenant may be entitled to make the repairs from the rent. Speak with a landlord-tenant attorney about following the proper procedures.

Right to Your Security Deposit.

You are entitled to return of your security deposit at conclusion of the lease. While deductions can be made for damage to the property, reasonable wear is not a basis for withholding. If your security deposit is not returned without a written letter stating the reasons for withholding, you may be entitled to double the amount of your deposit.

Right of Replevin.

If the landlord seizes your property, you have a right file a complaint of replevin. You may recover your property plus special damages.

Freedom From Retaliatory Evictions.

If you as a tenant report the property for defects, you cannot then be evicted on a pre-textual basis. Under the law, you may not be evicted until the property defects are repaired.

Freedom From Self Help Evictions.

In Pennsylvania, landlords cannot change the locks or constructively evict a tenant without getting a judgment of possession from the courts. If the landlord tries to remove you from the property without a judgment, you are entitled to re-enter the property.

Appeals in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas

From time to time, judges get it wrong.  At the Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos we offer landlords and tenants another chance.  If you are unsatisfied with the outcome of your case, you have an automatic right to appeal.  Most lawyers charge thousands of dollars for such appeal.  Attorney Copoulos provides reasonable rates for appeals to the Court of Common Pleas.  Often times, at this higher level of litigation, the opponent is caught off guard and cannot successfully defend against the claim.  You may win on an automatic basis if the opponent fails to file in a timely manner.  For more information on the appeal process, contact our office for a free consultation.  Affordable appeals is yet another way our office brings justice to the people at an affordable price.

Cases

Back Rent Forgiven; Philly Tenants Stays

Back Rent Forgiven; Philly Tenants Stays
Attorney Copoulos represented Pastor G.M. in a Landlord-Tenant dispute. GM was living in an uninhabitable environment. GM received a Notice of Eviction from his landlord, and did not know what to do. He called the Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos. Mr. Copoulos analyzed the situation. The Landlord’s Housing Inspection License was out of date. GM also performed many hours of labor for the Landlord without payment. In court, the Landlord agreed to forgive over $2,895.00 in back rent. GM was permitted to stay on the property. Payments would resume after the property was deemed habitable.

Please Note: Case results depend on a variety of factors.  Case results listed herein do not guarantee a similar result in your case.  For more information, speak with a Philadelphia Landlord-Tenant attorney.

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