Real Estate Law (esp. Landlord-Tenant)/Landlord Neglect?


My elderly in-laws rent an old farmhouse in Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania.  Over the past few months there have been squirrels running in the attic and ceilings on the upper level.  They have reported it to their landlord and the landlord has promised many times to send someone out to take care of the issue.  He has never followed through.  A squirrel climbed out of a vent today and was running around their house.  My father in law was able to catch it and wrap it up in a shirt and put it outside. Can you please help me to advise them on what their rights as tenants are.  My mother in law is worried about contracting rabies or being exposed to feces.  She is also concerned about being evicted if she pushes the landlord to get the problem fixed.  Please advise.   Thank you!

Hi Jen,

I recommend that you familiarize yourself with the PA landlord/tenant law here: Generally, the landlord is responsible for providing you with a habitable premises and making necessary repairs. How are the squirrels getting inside the house? If it is from an open window or something within the control of the tenant, then it is not the landlord's responsibility. If it is due to a hole/problem that is not the result of the tenant, then it may be the landlord's duty to repair.

Hope this helps.

David Piotrowski
Attorney at Law

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