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Questions tagged [pennsylvania]

For questions about Pennsylvania state law, or pertaining situations taking place in Pennsylvania (a state in the USA).

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What can a city do for parking tickets

I have read the question and answer here: Are parking tickets enforcable But I would like to know that if a person got a parking ticket in Pennsylvania for a street sweeper violation and didn't know ...
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Periodic Statements in Pennsylvania

I live in PA, car was leased in PA, leasing company is in NJ. I've never received a statement. Ever. Not monthly, not quarterly. In fact when I called today, I was told "we don't send statements." ...
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What to do about Fake Positive Reviews

There is a company that I have run into that had a sudden review surge. In each of these 20+ reviews, they, as in individual accounts, review a combination of the same places having reviewed by an ...
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How can one try to leave a home rental lease

Person A cosigns a lease for Person B. The lease is for a house. The lease period is for one year. The landlord agrees to allow the lease to be amended for another person, person C to be on the lease....
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Is this proper use of a FOIA request?

Assume someone wants to rent a townhouse but doesn't have good enough credit. So this person asks a co-signer to co-sign for the townhouse. The co-signer lives across the country so travel to the ...
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Filing for arbitration in the court of common pleas

So I have a contract that ended up having patently false information that is also provable. This seems like the simplest thing to me, have expert witness, have the contract, have pictures, have audio ...
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Is it legal (fair use) to use lyrics as part of a personal project?

Hypothetical question: Imagine I am working on a memorial bench for a family member who recently passed away. As part of this project I would like to use two stanzas from a commercially released song ...
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Apartment roof keeps leaking in the same spot even after it's been “fixed”

My roof keeps leaking in the exact same spot every time it rains even when it has been "fixed", meaning the roofer was called to patch the leak and patched the resulting holes in the drywall and ...
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Must a natural spring be disclosed when buying a house?

I purchased a home last fall just to discover, come spring, that it was on a natural spring. It turned out that the spring is water table dependent and as such was not present during the time of the ...
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Does the law provide for any defense or help for defense in civil family cases?

A man and woman who are not married have a baby. During the pregnancy the two split up. The woman sues the man for shared custody of the child and he is ordered to pay child support. He regularly ...
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Long haul truck driver was not paid for his job

A friend of mine had been working for transportation company (contingently company A) as a long haul truck driver in PA state before leaving it for another one (due to the poor working conditions in ...
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Can the mother of a child keep the father's name off of the child's birth certificate?

A man and woman have a baby but they are not married. They split up before the baby is born. After the baby is born, the mother sues the father for child support, wins and the father is ordered to ...
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What legal processes need to be followed, if any, to get squatters out of a house in Philadelphia?

When their father died, my wife and her two siblings inherited a townhouse in northern Philadelphia. All of them lived outside of Pennsylvania so they were thinking about renting out the property. ...
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What is the legal interpretation of “does not bear all of the following”?

In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, the definition of an abandoned vehicle includes: Motor Vehicle...That is left unattended on or along a highway or other public property for more than forty-...
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At what point can I pay someone else to do maintenance and deduct the cost from rent?

I figured I should ask this as it's kind of a specific case. Basically my mom and dad moved into a place probably 15 years ago, and for years my dad did all the repairs/snow removal/landscaping/...
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Can I sue the gas company for not notifying me that gas was shut off at a rental due to tenant not paying?

I have a continuation service agreement with the gas company and they neglected to notify me that they had discontinued the tenants gas service in April of 2017 for nonpayment. They also neglected to ...
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Can LLCs be completely anonymous

I was under the impression that in every state, the creator of an LLC or INC must have at least one chief executive, and in some states, a treasurer and secretary. However, in some filings I've come ...
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How is child custody/visitation determined when there is no marriage?

A man and woman have a child in Pennsylvania. They are not married. Before the child is born, they end their relationship. Each parent finds another partner and they live separately. What are the ...
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Can my employer expend more of my PTO than is necessary to meet 40 hours?

I am an exempt employee. A few weeks ago, I worked worked a lot of hours between Monday and Thursday due to a project deadline. I had already planned to take off the day on Friday and informed my ...
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Can I get my money back?

I was trying to buy a dog from a breeder (I’m in TX, the breeder is in PA). The breeder told me originally that it was okay to hold the puppy until the middle of December & after that it would ...
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Are sellers expected to pay for formerly working Furnace after purchase?

Bought a house recently. When we had the inspection the furnace worked and when we did the walk through they had replaced the thermostat and the heat was off. Now, after signing, the furnace is ...
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Realtor broke contract without notifying

I have been in the process of buying a house for the last months and my realtor had been acting strange as she kept arguing for the Seller. Now First off I live in PA so Dual Agency is allowed, ...
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In Pennsylvania, if both men are drunk and oral sex is performed, not once but twice, is a verdict of indeviate sexual assault proper?

There is a situation in which fratboy A and fratboy B met in a fraternity house. They became close and text message picture of penises we're exchanged. Later, at a party, fratboy A and fratboy B ended ...
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Are you eligible for FMLA leave if the event occurred while you were not eligible?

Consider the scenario where you work for an FMLA eligible employer, and are not a key employee. During the time period you are not eligible for FMLA, your partner gives birth to a child. You become ...
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References to unknown ordinance (Ord. 271, 6/8/1992)

I am still dealing with the enforcement of an in-town ordinance that is more than vague. (Pennsylvania, U.S.) E. The accumulation of heavy undergrowth and/or vegetation which would impair the ...
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Threat of fines in excess of allowable law, PA State Constitution, and US Constitution

Background: I own a historic building in a small town in Pennsylvania. My property as well as the house behind it and others were cited as significant historical properties as examples that allowed ...
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What is the anatomy of a small claims case?

My specific situation applies to Pennsylvania. I live in Washington County and the defendant lives in Allegheny county. But a generic answer applicable nationwide would be welcome (if possible). My ...
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Is it legal for an individual to raffle a car in Pennsylvania?

I am currently trying to sell my car. However, it is very rare and relatively expensive, and finding a buyer is a slow process. However, everywhere I go I get compliments and people say they would ...
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Pennsylvania Leash and Dangerous Dog Unclear

The Pennsylvania dog laws are not entirely clear to me. Scenario: Just down the block, a home owner with 2 dogs had two 8 foot sections of their fence blown down late last fall. In place of the ...
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PA Right to Know Law : could a person ask the local police department what records or information they have on a former resident of the town?

This specifically concerns Right to Know Law in the State of Pennsylvania Under PA Right to Know law, could a person ask the local police department what records or information they have on a former ...
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Is it legal to restrict rental advertisement to local principles only?

Being a landlord, I discovered years ago that there are a lot of marketers trying to sell lead lists posing as someone who is relocating. The problem is this, my rentals are in a tiny town that no-one,...
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Are records for Right To Know requests maintained, and are they publicly accessible?

This is specifically concerning the Right to Know law in Pennsylvania. If a person claims they have filed a Right to Know request with an agency (e.g. a police department), can evidence of that ...
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Can landlord charge a fee to return security deposit by wire or mail?

I am an international student living in Pennsylvania, USA for the semester. I had to pay a security deposit when I rented this property and now my landlord is saying that I must pay a "shipping" ...
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Rental heater improperly installed. Now I'm expected to repair. What are my options?

I've moved a rental in the spring. In the rental contract I am responsible for regular maintenance as the oil heater needs yearly servicing. As the weather is cooling off I scheduled servicing. The ...
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Who is liable when a turning car “interferes” with bicycle going straight? (Pennsylvania)

Pennsylvania Vehicle Code section 3331e states that Interference with pedalcycles.--No turn by a driver of a motor vehicle shall interfere with a pedalcycle proceeding straight while operating in ...
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Conflicting written versus parenthetical days in a commercial contract

In a commercial contract, if the written and parenthetical days in a clause are in disagreement, which takes precedence?
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Penalty for recording conversation in PA

I was in jeopardy of losing my job so when I was called into a meeting with my boss I recorded without their knowledge for my own use because I was so scared I knew I wouldn't remember the ...
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What motion follows a failure to show cause?

I am representing myself. I filed a motion to terminate probation on April 8th, the motion was received by a judge on the 11th and he issued an order of rule to show cause to the district attorney's ...
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Seizure of automobile as a result of a judgement

I am a landlord in Pennsylvania and am in the process of an eviction of a very bad tenant. There will be a judgement for back rent and damages, however, the personal property of the tenant is pure ...
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Is it legal for a landlord to refuse a lease because an Occupant on the application is an undocumented immigrant?

(For clarity: Applicant - the adult financially responsible for the lease. Occupant - anyone over the age of 18 that will be residing with the Applicant but is not financially responsible for the ...
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Is fraudulent activity related to renting a residence - Theft by Deception?

I discovered Wednesday that a recent tenant of 1.5 months misrepresented themselves, and lied and omitted information on the rental application to hide the truth and gain entry into my apartment. The ...
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How can I enforce a judgement against an LLC owned by minors in PA?

How can I sue an LLC owned by minors in PA, after a court order to pay has been ignored? I sued an LLC I was renting a house from because I did not receive my security deposit back when I moved. I ...
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Is it legal to own lockpicks in Pennsylvania?

I am interested in learning about lockpicking as a hobby. I have heard from others that intent to use the picks for something otherwise illegal is what can actually get you into trouble, but I have ...
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Does flashing high beams give police probable cause to stop a vehicle?

Is it illegal to flash high beams to signal other cars? If police see you doing so is it a valid pretext for a traffic stop?
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When should you evidence LLC interest using certificates?

In forming an LLC in PA, the Certificate of Organization states the following: [Strike out if inapplicable] A member's interest in the company is to be evidenced by a certificate of membership ...
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Consequence for injury of child trespasser [closed]

My friend and I brought a rental house last year in Philadelphia, PA., and it was under construction for few months. While the house was under work, the kids from the neighborhood trespassed to my ...
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Is it legal to *prohibit* recording a conversation in Pennsylvania?

I went to a walk-in patient care facility earlier this evening, and asked the provider upon his entrance if I could record the interview. (I realize this feels adversarial, but I had a valid reason.) ...
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Can a jury change a price?

Suppose the following facts: Alice contracts to buy a car from Bob for $10,000, in a negotiated and relatively simple written contract between competent parties. Alice takes the car. Edit after ...
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Where does the title “tipstaff” come from?

This blog post discusses the duties of a "tipstaff" as a role that still exists in Pennsylvania (US) courts, which includes clerical duties such as ordering motions and announcements etc. There are ...
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Interim Relocation Coverage Under Homeowners Policy

We had a flood in a rental property in Philadelphia, PA. The floors are now "dry" but there is significant water damage and the walls and ceilings are soaked. To prevent mold from forming, as soon as ...