What to do if my landlord is taking me to court because I have not paid him rent in 2 months since he is not doing anything around here?

There are things that need fixed since I moved in the place 3 years ago. They are still are not fixed, plus there is new stuff that needs done, as well that he is not taking care of. The neighbors downstairs have been harassing me for months and i cant even go downstairs to do my own laundry. They have control of the heat and they are not supposed to.

Asked on January 7, 2013 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You need to contact building and safety in your town or county. That is the first item. Then contact your local consumer protection agency to determine who handles landlord tenant matters. If the items your landlord was to fix are related to issues of habitability, you need to ensure those items are told to the consumer protection agency. You also have the right to repair upon due notice to your landlord and deduct those costs from your rent.


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