Karen Ann Ulmer, P.C.
Pay Online
Legal & Mediation Services Call for a Confidential Consultation
P 215-752-6200 | F 215-752-6202

Warranty of Habitability

There is an implied Warranty of Habitability when you rent a premises in Pennsylvania. In other words, the rental unit must be habitable: i.e. there must be water and heat, and the property must be safe and sanitary.

If a problem develops after you move in, contact the landlord immediately. While I recommend calling the landlord, send a follow-up confirmation letter/email. Make sure that all communication is documented. Also, keep a copy of any written correspondence for your records. (Do not record phone conversations).

If the issue is not resolved within a reasonable time-frame, then let the landlord know that you are placing the rent into an escrow account until such time as the problem is resolved. You may also let the landlord know that you will be fixing the problem yourself with the costs deducted from the following rent payment.

If the landlord disagrees and you find yourself in court, bring pictures and copies of your correspondence, as well as proof that the rent is in an escrow account. When you see the judge, you may receive an abatement of rent for the time that the premises was not habitable.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email us for response

Do You Need Answers?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Firm Locations

Langhorne Office
174 Middletown Blvd
#300
Langhorne, PA 19047

Phone: 215-752-6200
Fax: 215-752-6202
Langhorne Law Office Map

Doylestown Office
196 West Ashland Street
Doylestown, PA 18901

Phone: 215-348-3800
Fax: 215-752-6202
Map & Directions

King of Prussia Office
630 Freedom Business Center
3rd Floor
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Phone: 484-704-2100
Fax: 215-752-6202
Map & Directions

Jenkintown Office
610 Old York Road
Suite 400
Jenkintown, PA 19046

Phone: 267-636-0100
Fax: 215-752-6202
Map & Directions