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PA General Practice

Landlord/Tenant Law

We are experienced in representing both landlords and tenants in Pennsylvania Landlord/Tenant disputes.

  • Commercial / Residential Rentals
  • Recovering Unpaid Rent
  • Assignment, Subleasing & Subtenants
  • Commercial / Residential Lease disputes
  • Damage to the Premises
  • Security Deposits
  • Evictions
  • Confessions of Judgment

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FLAHERTY FARDO, LLC have a large client list of both commercial property landlords and residential property landlords. We routinely provide legal advice on a variety of legal topics including breach of contracts, security deposits, evictions, monetary disputes, collection of rents owed, and reducing their overall property taxes. What makes our firm unique is that we have not only the business and real estate expertise to help our clients, but also the litigation experience to enforce the advice we give. Very few real estate lawyers are also experienced Pennsylvania trial lawyers. This gives us a collection advantage once judgments or awards have been obtained. We know how to enforce Pennsylvania judgments.

When we give legal advice to commercial and residential clients, our goal is often to avoid lawsuits for the clients if at all possible. There are prelitigation solutions which only experienced negotitaors and trial lawyers are able to provide. If we have to file a lawsuit, our clients are confident that having experienced Pennsylvania trial lawyers is a distinct and real advantage. Pennsylvania law concerning Landlord / Tenant rights is governed by the “Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951“. The law was then amended in 1995. This law provides some clarity for the rights of both the Landlord and Tenants when disputes occur.

Know Your Rights concerning PA Landlord/Tenant Lawsuits:

All Landlord-Tenant Cases begin with the lease. A commercial or residential lease is a binding contract like any other, and it is the first place to look to determine the rights and responsibilities of the landlord and the tenant. Read your lease carefully, it often holds the answer to the most disputed questions:

  • Who is responsible for maintenance and repairs?
  • What happens if the refrigerator or stove breaks?
  • Who pays for the utilities and/or property taxes?
  • Are there penalties or interest for late rent?
  • Does the lease automatically renew at the end of the term?
  • What happens if one of the parties breaches the lease?

The lease is not the only place to look for important information on your rights as a landlord or tenant—Pennsylvania law and even local building and zoning codes can be important resources. Key among these is the Pennsylvania Landlord and Tenant Act. The Landlord and Tenant Act (68 P.S. § 250.101-250.602) governs everything from security deposits to eviction proceedings; it is especially important for residential landlords and tenants to read the act. Don’t wait until after a dispute begins to get legal advice. If you see a potential problem on the horizon, or if you just want to know what your rights and responsibilities are, contact Flaherty Fardo now and arrange a free consultation (412.802.6666) or email us at

For Pennsylvania Landlords:

Flaherty Fardo has represented landlords and property owners for more than a decade. We have the experience necessary to help you evict an undesirable tenant, collect unpaid rent, or file suit for damage caused to your property. Even if your tenant has already moved out, you may still have rights under the lease, and you can still take step to collect rent owed.

Pennsylvania law, and specifically the Landlord-Tenant Act, has put in place many procedural hurdles to protect a residential tenant. It is important that you take the right step at the right time. Is your Notice to Quit legally sufficient? Did you know that the Landlord and Tenant Act puts a cap on the security deposit you may require or that if you do not return the deposit (or give an accounting if the premises were damaged) within thirty days you can be liable for double damages? Contact us before you make a costly mistake.

The law gives much more flexibility in commercial leases, which is why having a well-drafted commercial lease is especially important. Putting time and effort into crafting a lease which meets your specific needs can avert expensive litigation later. Is the premises to be turned over in vanilla box or as-is condition? What happen if the tenant goes out of business, or if the tenant wants to sublease? If the tenant sues you, can you be held liable for lost business or profits? Be wary of canned leases which do not have your particular circumstances in mind. Of course, even with the best lease, litigation is sometimes necessary. Flaherty Fardo has litigated landlord-tenant cases at every level, from magistrate court and arbitration through trial and even appeal. We know how to bring suit and how to defend against them.

For Pennsylvania Tenants:

If you have been sued or if an eviction notice has been posted on your door, do not wait to seek legal help. Landlord-tenant law extends many protections and defenses to a tenant, but only if you know how to use them. Many landlords are very experienced in suing their tenants; if you go to court alone you are giving them the advantage.

Tenants need to know how to use the law to their advantage. We can help you deal with a landlord who won’t make repairs, who neglects the common areas, or who has kept your personal property. We can help you take the necessary steps to get your security deposit back—and to sue for double damages. Often, commercial tenants can sue for lost profits where a landlord has breached its lease.

Filing suit may not always be the best option in a landlord-tenant dispute. We are experienced in resolving disputes with or without a lawsuit. Schedule a consultation with Flaherty Fardo today to explore all your options. Call 412.,802.6666 or email us at