Can A Landlord Lock A Tenant Out Of An Apartment Without Taking Them To Court?

No. Self­help eviction is illegal in Pennsylvania and can give rise to an Unfair Trade Practices cause of action against the landlord as well as a cause of action for unlawful eviction and replevin (return of property illegally seized). Landlords must follow the procedures set forth in Pennsylvania statutes and the Rules of Court with regards to evictions.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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