Can A Landlord Lock A Tenant Out Of An Apartment Without Taking Them To Court?

No. Self­help eviction is illegal in Pennsylvania and can give rise to an Unfair Trade Practices cause of action against the landlord as well as a cause of action for unlawful eviction and replevin (return of property illegally seized). Landlords must follow the procedures set forth in Pennsylvania statutes and the Rules of Court with regards to evictions.

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