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Posted by Jeannine Mendrola on February 11, 1998 at 13:03:21:

My landlord has made claims which I do not know how to address. I believe
that they are trying to take advantage of me since I am not familiar with
all my legal rights in the state of Pennsylvania. Web surfing hasn't been
helpful with my specific questions. Does anyone know of a specific book or
resource which could be helpful?

Claim 1: Last Oct. my lease was up for renewal, I am graduating from grad.
school soon but uncertain of date. I asked that if I renewed if it would
be possible to terminate the lease if relocation was necessary. Landlord
said no that I must stay the entire year. I had lost a copy of my lease
and asked for another copy. Landlord (LL) said yes but didn't send it.

LL gave option of renewing for 6 months. I renewed for 6 months but now
the lease is up in Mar. They are insisting that I commit for another year
now. Each renewal was an excuse to institute another cost of living in-
crease in rent.

Claim 2: I requested a copy of my lease again today. They said it would
cost $15 processing fee. I said why that all I wanted was a xerox copy of
the original lease. LL claims that is not possible and they would have to
type up another lease for me to purvey.

Claim 3: I searched through all my papers and now found the original copy
of the lease, it seems that we have a 90 day notification for lease termin-
ation which they refused to disclose in my prior conversation. I feel that
they were mean-spirited and are trying to take advantage of the situation,
but I don't know if they broke any laws.

Claim 4: It is written in the lease that the rent is $ X and if paid by a
certain date $ X - Y. Late fees are supposedly illegal in PA but this is
their way around this legal?

Claim 5: Is is true that after residing in a residence for several years
the LL must release all accrued interest from the security deposit?

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