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I currently rent a house where I live with my Landlord (Dates

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I currently rent a house where I live with my Landlord (Dates 9/1/15 - 8/31/16). I've recently discovered that my landlord sells drugs out of the house and constantly has a consortium of shady individuals come through the house.
I would like to simply move out due to concern about my safety, reputation, and belongings. Is this a legitimate reason to break lease? Do I have a claim to my security deposit and last months rent? How should I proceed? Should I collect evidence of said drug dealing?
Thanks
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  legalgems replied 1 year ago.
What state is this in regards ***** *****?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Pennsylvania..... Philadelphia to be specific.
Expert:  legalgems replied 1 year ago.
Thank you - a few more minutes please.
Expert:  legalgems replied 1 year ago.
When a person rents an apartment, the law says you are "buying," in addition to other things, the right not to be bothered or disturbed by other people, including the landlord (LL). This is called the implied covenant of quiet enjoyment. It is part of a lease even if it doesn't actually state it. The covenant of quiet enjoyment applies to oral and written leases. If a LL is committing an illegal act or allowing others to do so this would be a violation of the covenant and allows one to vacate. In order to protect oneself, it is important to have proof; and it is generally best to have an attorney draft the notice to the LL, specifying the date the tenant will be moving out, and requesting return of the deposit (assuming no damages) and the last month's rent. Technically the LL allowing for drug activities would be in violation of the lease, which would void the lease, which would nullify the last month's rent.
Expert:  legalgems replied 1 year ago.
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