Posted by DK on September 03, 1999 at 15:20:28:
In Reply to: LEASE WZS UP ON 8/31 LANDLORD ENTERED 8/27: NEED ADVISE posted by PAUL on September 02, 1999 at 23:47:49:
: ON AUG 31 AT NOON MY LEASE WAS TO EXPIRE ON AUG 27 THE LANDLORD ENTERED AND PERFORMED AN INSPECTION AND NICKLE AND DIMED ME FOR 240 OF A 250 DEPOSIT. DOES HE HAVE THE RIGHT TO ENTER MY PREMISES WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE AND DO ALTERATIONS AND OR CLEANING AND CHARGE ME FOR THESE AND GO AGAINST MY DEPOSIT. I LIVE IN PA AND ANY INFO WOULD GREATLY BE APPRECIATEDS. I WAS ALSO NOT GIVEN ANY INTEREST ON MY DEPOSIT FOR THE 6 MONTHS OF MY LEASE IS THIS ALSO ANY FACTOR?
I really do not know what the law is in Pennsylvania. On the TenantNet home page you may be able to find a link to a Pennsylvania tenants organization.
Your lease may give the landlord the right to enter and do what he did. Read the fine print. I have no idea whether such a provision would be enforceable in PA.
Usually, a tenant is allowed reasonable "wear and tear" on the premises and usually the premises do not have to be spotless, but only "broom clean." Again, I do not know what the custom is in PA. If a New York City landlord did that, I would advise you to sue in small claims court.
Many states (not NY) give a tenant triple damages when the landlord improperly fails to return a security deposit.
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