Magisterial District Court Landlord/Tenant Dockets Now Available Online

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esquire

For years, I have been showing landlords how to search the Pennsylvania Unified Judicial System web portal for free and detailed information about potential tenants’ criminal records, traffic citations and more. The one glaring absence in the online information has always been that landlord/tenant eviction proceedings and judgments from the Magisterial District Courts web docket sheets. Click here to read more »

Pennsylvania Finally Passes Act 129 Law on Abandoned Tenant Property

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esquire

For many years, landlords (and tenants) in Pennsylvania have faced uncertainty on their respective legal rights to personal property of tenants left behind in rental properties. How long did a landlord have to hold onto tenant possessions left in the rental property? To what notice was a tenant entitled before such property was sold or disposed of by the landlord? Click here to read more »

Service Animals for Tenants with Disabilities: When Landlords and Condominium Associations Must Waive “No Pets” Rules

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq.

The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that substantially more than half of all households in America own either a dog or a cat. Many of those who own pets consider them to be members of the family, and dogs didn’t get the name “man’s best friend” for nothing. Pets teach children responsibility for other living animals, provide companionship, security and affection. Click here to read more »

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite You or Your Wallet

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq.

I remember the good night saying “Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite” from my childhood. But for many years, I didn’t think bedbugs were real, and for many more, thought they were extinct. Recently, however, they have come back, and are the scourge of hotel and multi-unit apartment building owners in many cities and towns. In New York City, there were 11,000 bedbug complaints last year, and data suggests that over 400,000 New Yorkers were battling the pests. Click here to read more »

Mortgage Fraud Task Force Hits Real Estate Investors Close to Home

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq.

Beaver Financial Services was for several years a vendor member of Acre of Pittsburgh, and several of its loan officers attended meetings each month, in their light blue shirts with beavers on them, offering to help investors obtain bank financing. The company never joined Acre of Beaver County, but helped several members there with financing as well.

Not long ago, these familiar faces disappeared from the Acre meetings. Recently, several  real estate investors who formerly did business with Beaver Financial as buyers and sellers of properties, an attorney as well as at least one Beaver Financial loan officer, have been in various stages of criminal prosecution Click here to read more »