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happyslug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-24-04 06:07 PM
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13. Don't Bet on it
I have seen many a landlord use "Self-help" eviction and "distress for Non-payment of rent". In Pennsylvania our Courts have NEVER Struck down the right of a Landlord to evict a Tenant by locking the Tenant out (Though the Courts have held the landlord liable when the Landlord has done so). As to "Distress" that is still on the Statute Books even through our courts have ruled it Un-constitutional. The landlord locking a Tenant out and taking his or her property has NEVER been criminal in Pennsylvania (and most other States).

This was a problem during WWII, the States had permitted such self help actions for decades and were leaving Landlords do it to serviceman's wives (causing all types of problems for the Military). Thus the Solders and Sailors Relief act contained a provision making it a Federal CRIME for a landlord to evict a tenant other than through Court Action.
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