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Allegheny County Bar Association Releases Legal Tips on Tenant and Landlord Rights and Responsibilities – Understanding Your Lease

Pittsburgh PennsylvaniaAugust 29, 2011. - The officers of the Allegheny County Bar Association today released legal tips for better understanding the rights of both tenants and landlords, the second in a series of monthly briefs from the association on a timely legal issue. The legal tips are part of the association’s ramped-up marketing efforts to better inform the general public about the free legal information, assistance, and services available through the bar.

According to Howard J. Schulberg, President of the Allegheny County Bar Association, “Whether it is a college student signing a lease for an apartment, a family renting a house, or someone signing a lease for a vacation rental, it is important to read and understand the lease to avoid problems for both the tenant and the landlord. Leases are legal contracts designed to protect both parties’ rights, so the time to ask questions is before you sign your name.”

Schulberg said this month’s legal tips are timely because college students are heading back to school and the increased number of rentals due to the effects of the economy. “Statistics are showing that more adults are now renting due to tougher lending guidelines, so we want to pass on these legal tips that can go a long way to better tenant/landlord relationships,” said Schulberg. “We receive a large number of calls annually to our Lawyer Referral Service dealing with tenant/landlord issues.”

Schulberg said the bar association regularly receives feedback that shows there is a real need for legal information and assistance. “When our brochures or programs are mentioned in the media, our phone lines are flooded. Based mostly on word-of-mouth, our free legal education programs for elementary school students, high school students, and senior citizens are booked months in advance. During our annual call-in show on KDKA-TV each spring we receive between 1,500 and 2,000 callers.”

Future monthly tips will focus on such areas of the law as how to find a lawyer, bankruptcy, wills and estates, collaborative law, divorce and custody issues, and teens and the law. The July 2011 monthly tips dealt with how to avoid home repair problems and scams. For more information on the Allegheny County Bar Association’s monthly legal tips, visit the association’s For the Public website at

Chartered in 1870 and headquartered in downtown Pittsburgh, The Allegheny County Bar Association is a professional organization with more than 6,500 member attorneys, judges, district magistrate justices, legal administrators, and paralegals.


Howard J. Schulberg
Allegheny County Bar Association


Tom Loftus
Director of Marketing and Media Relations
Allegheny County Bar Association


“Tenant and Landlords Rights and Responsibilities - Understanding Your Lease”

August 29, 2011

Finding a new place to live is an exciting but sometimes frustrating experience. Inevitably, many people find themselves trying to read a lease that they may not understand. Knowing the rights and responsibilities of both the tenant and the landlord may help to alleviate some of the confusion.

If you need a referral to an attorney practicing in the area of landlord-tenant, collections, or consumer law, contact the Allegheny County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service at 412-261-5555.