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Housing Discrimination Laws

An Analysis of Impediments (AI) to fair housing released in 2018 by the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) found that, though there is “heightened awareness of public housing rights” and “fewer incidents of discrimination,” discrimination against people with disabilities who seek accommodations is a “rising area of fair housing complaints.”
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Understanding Landlord Access Rights

According to RentData.org, Pennsylvania rents rank as the 25th highest nationwide, and like everywhere else in the country, statewide rents have been rising along with inflation. In 2021, a one-bedroom unit averaged $706 a month, a two-bedroom $878.
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Landlord Rights When COVID Forbearance Ends

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone across the globe in some way or another, and this means that many people are unable to meet their financial obligations. Census data obtained by the U.S. government found that up to 43% of homeowners and 59% of renters lost at least some of their employment income during the pandemic.
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Your Rights When Buying a Home “As Is”

When scrolling through a listing of homes for sale, you might stumble across several houses sold “as is.” Homes sold as-is are usually the ones that catch the eye of the potential buyer because they usually come with a lower price tag. However, it is essential to understand your rights when buying a home “as is” and familiarize yourself with the potential pitfalls of purchasing such properties.
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Possession vs. Possession With Intent to Sell

According to statistics from the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), there were 19,549 total arrests for drug possession in Pennsylvania in 2019. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a person may be arrested and charged with drug possession or possession with intent to sell depending on the amount of controlled substances found on them or in their care.
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Types of Construction Defects

When you purchase a new property in Pennsylvania, you expect the building to be in excellent condition. Unfortunately, many contractors, developers, and construction professionals often make mistakes when executing the building project.
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Can a Minor Be a Sex Offender?

If you’ve been accused of or arrested for a sex crime, you need to take the charges seriously. In addition to fines and jail time, many sex crime convictions require you to be put on a sex offender registration list, which can severely impact your future.
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Is Sexting a Crime?

In our modern age of smartphones and social media, it’s no wonder that so many of our interactions with others occur digitally.
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Possible Domestic Violence Defenses

Domestic violence is an ongoing, hotly-contested issue throughout the United States, and Pennsylvania is no exception. Over the last year, there were 109 deaths relating to domestic violence according to statistics from the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. However, there are instances that domestic violence changes stem from false or exaggerated claims, or they can come from misunderstandings. If you’ve been charged with a domestic violence charge and you believe you’re innocent, it’s important to get the support you need.
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How Bail Works in Pennsylvania

According to the most recent statistics, about 35,000 individuals are incarcerated in county jails across Pennsylvania. Of these, more than half are still awaiting trial. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, an alleged defendant who has been arrested and charged with a crime may be eligible to be released on bail while awaiting trial. The Magisterial District Judge (MDJ) will set the bail amount to guarantee that the defendant turns up for court proceedings.
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