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How long does the eviction process take in Pennsylvania?

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How long does the eviction process take in Pennsylvania?

Postby kirklin » Wed Nov 30, 2011 2:57 am

I live in Luzerne County Pennsylvania and my lease on my rental ran out September 1st. I'm behind on my rent and my landlord wants me out. I told her I would be out by this weekend (the weekend of the 24th), but the current tenant of the rental I was going to move into extended their lease until November 1st. So now I have no where to go. My landlord is just threatening me by phone, telling me she wants me out NOW and she'll change the locks (which I know she cant legally do). She hasn't went begun the eviction process yet. I know that even though I'm behind on rent, there are still certain procedures she has to follow to evict me and she cant just tell me to get out. I'm not trying to be horrible about this, it's just the fact that I have no where to go until November 2nd. I tried looking for short term rentals for one month until I can move into the new rental, but I cant find anything. I guess my question is does anyone know how long it would take for her to complete the eviction process to the point where I actually have to be out? Say if she started the process today, would it give me until November 2nd? I feel really bad and I hate to make her go through all this but I don't have much of a choice. And talking to her about it is not an option, she doesn't want to hear anything I have to say, she just wants me out. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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How long does the eviction process take in Pennsylvania?

Postby aviya » Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:05 am

Court action process to get rid of non-paying
YOU NEED to take to court:

Your copy of the 3-5 day [depending on your state]
"pay or quit" notice you delivered to the tenants. Sent certified.

when you get to court, you seek an Unlawful DETAINER action;
you need to show the amount of rent, and proof that you have a tenant
who has not paid.

IF the tenant chooses to show up at the court hearing, the judge will listen to the tenant explain why they have not paid, and if they have extenuating circumstances.

if no special agreement is arrived at between the court and the
tenant [only if they show up at court]
you get a judgment. [rent due and costs]

at this time, the tenants have 10 days to exit; not more time to pay
late rent.

If in 10 the tenant has NOT left, you must return to court

You take that writ to the sheriff's office,
pay the sheriff a SERVICE fee and wait 1-5 days
for that service. When the sheriff arrives, you must have a locksmith
so that you can have the lock changed.

the sheriff will knock on the door and if no answer, the
sheriff will take your key and open the door.

if no tenant; you must remove all the belongings and
store them safely for 30 days. [after 30 days, the belongings
are yours]

then, the unit is yours to re-lease.

if the tenant[s] is still there, the sheriff will give them about 30 min
to exit with all their belongings.

the sheriff will stay there till they leave--or he might
leave and return........

problem solved.
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How long does the eviction process take in Pennsylvania?

Postby boynton35 » Wed Nov 30, 2011 3:10 am

PA evicts non paying tenants rather quickly. If she starts the process today, expect to be evicted within 2-4 weeks. She will most likely also sue you for back rent, late fees, court costs and attorney fees.

BTW..having an eviction on your record will make it nearly impossible to rent elsewhere....forever.
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