Housing Issues

A landlord-tenant relationship can create problems and questions about the rights and responsibilities of both parties. NLSA pamphlets provide information to answer some of your questions, including the Tenant’s Guide to Renting. Rights that a tenant should be aware of are the landlord’s duty to make repairs and the right of quiet enjoyment. Should problems arise and the landlord brings action against the tenant, it is important for the tenant to know what kind of notice to vacate is required. Additionally, if there are court proceedings, it is helpful to know tips for representing yourself at a Magisterial District Judge hearing and how to appeal the Magisterial District Judge judgment. If you are ending the landlord-tenant relationship, you will need to know tips for moving out and getting the security deposit back. Tenants who have a manufactured home community (mobile home park) lot lease need to be aware that special rules apply to that type of lease.

With increasing utility prices causing extreme budgetary problems for low income consumers, knowing what sources of assistance are available becomes extremely important. The $1 Energy Grant Information brochure provides information on how low-income families can acquire these services. LIHEAP is also another way in which low-income people can arrange for help to pay for their heating expenses. Many utility companies offer a CAP or EAP program for low income customers. These programs can allow customers to make minimum monthly payments and to have past bills forgiven. Consumers should contact their local gas company and electric company or electric co-op for more information.

There has been an increase in the number of people entering into “rent to own” agreements.  It can be hard to understand who has what responsibilities under the agreement, and even to determine if it is a sales contract or a lease.  Community Legal Services has developed a video to help people understand the consequences of these types of agreements.

Housing Links and Other Resources

Utility Links and Other Resources

Additional Housing Brochures and Information (from PA LawHelp)