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In Act 167 PROA Sees Another Victory for Landlords Dealing with Abandoned Tenant Property

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq.

Since the passage of Act 129 in the summer of 2012, landlords in Pennsylvania have had far more direction from PA law on how to handle personal property left behind by tenants who have vacated their rental units than was ever previously available. Our state organization, the Pennsylvania Residential Owners’ Association, (PROA) worked for many years to get that key piece of legislation drafted, through the legislative process, and to see Act 129 become law. Click here to read more »

Where Are You Going as a Real Estate Investor This Year?

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esquire

Now that we can close the door on 2012, as we start preparing information regarding our real estate investing activities for our 2012 tax returns, it’s a perfect time to look a little harder at that information and see how we are doing and where we should be going as investors. 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 »

2010 Year End Update on Rental Registration Cases

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq.

As we approach the end of the year and look back on our progress on Western Pennsylvania rental registration cases, it has been both a busy and a productive year. In Pittsburgh, City Council is considering the revised draft ordinance which PROA, ACRE, WPREIA, RAMP, Landlord Service Bureau and the Apartment Association of Metropolitan Pittsburgh all participated in negotiating. Click here to read more »

Seven Things You Need to Know Before You Buy Rental Property — Thing Seven: The Return on Your Investment

By Bradley S. Dornish, Esq.

I have saved the most important thing to know about a rental property before you buy it, THE RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT, for the last in this series of articles. After all, we call ourselves real estate investors because we buy and operate real estate as an investment. We expect to benefit short term from cash flow and tax benefits, long term from appreciation and even better cash flow when we eliminate mortgage debt service. Click here to read more »