Is a lease legal if homeowner does not have a renter’s license?

Asked on May 21, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania


MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If the home does not have a certificate of occupancy for example (uninhabitable) or if the home needs to be up to certain codes per your city code (thinking building and safety issues and fire codes), then the issue becomes whether there are laws in place that still consider this to be a legal and enforceable lease or one that requires the tenant to relocate and have the homeowner pay the cost of moving. You may wish (if you are either the homeowner or tenant), to contact your local consumer protection office that handles landlord tenant issues and inquire.

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