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storage unit laws

Storage Unit Laws

Pennsylvania has distinct storage unit laws that protect occupants and owners. And yes, they can auction off your contents. Have you ever seen an episode of Storage Wars and wondered, can someone legally sell property in a storage facility? Storage Wars takes place in California, and I am not here to discuss California law. However, […]

real estate commission agreement

Why Real Estate Commission Agreements Should Always be in Writing

It's easy as a real estate agent to forgo the signing of important documents when performing services for a new client, friend, or family member. All to often, not getting your real estate commission agreement signed could make for issues trying to collect in the end. As a real estate agent in Pennsylvania, payment for […]

landlord rights and eviction of tenants from leased property

Can a Landlord Evict a Tenant for Late Rent?

In Pennsylvania, it's a landlord's right to file an order for possession in Magisterial District Court if a tenant fails to make timely rental payments. Once a landlord receives an eviction judgment from the court, and no appeal is filed, the landlord has the right to request an order for possession of the property from […]

Failure to pay Condo or HOA dues could lead to excessive penalty fees!

September 21, 2017 by Kevin Cornish Many individuals in Pennsylvania live in planned communities such as townhouses or condominiums.  Association dues and assessments, as well as possible penalties and fines, are regularly due from homeowners to the association.  If a homeowner fails to make payment, it could lead to liability far in excess of the […]

commercial lease

Commercial Lease Agreements: Why You Need A Lawyer

September 24, 2015 By Kevin Cornish, Esq. Small business owners spend significant time and money preparing to open and operate their businesses.  From market research to obtaining necessary equipment to securing inventory, the tasks are endless.  Small business owners must also secure facilities from which to operate.  Often, this means renting commercial space from a […]

What happens when your insurance company refuses to defend you?

In these cases, its important to understand that just because the insurance company asserts that the policy does not provide coverage, does not necessarily make it true. Individuals and businesses purchase insurance to protect themselves and their assets: automobile insurance to protect them in the event of an accident involving a motor vehicle; homeowners insurance […]

HICPA Compliance and Unjust Enrichment Claim

By Kevin Cornish, Esq. March 11, 2015   This is a follow up to the June 1, 2014 blog entitled Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Decide Whether HICPA Allows Recovery under a Theory of Unjust Enrichment. HICPA does not preclude recovery on Unjust Enrichment Claim The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of […]

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Decide Whether HICPA Allows Recovery under a Theory of Unjust Enrichment

By Kevin Cornish, Esq. June 1, 2014 HICPA Background In 2009, the Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act (“HICPA”) went into effect (73 P.S. 517.1 et seq.).  HICPA requires all home improvement contractors to register with the Bureau of Consumer Protection.  Additionally, HICPA sets forth numerous requirements that must be followed in order for a […]