Landlord/Tenant issue, PA - We are renting a home for large amount of money. It started as a 2-year lease
which was renewed once and we are 3/4 through the current year. We have a complete yearly inspection inside and outside done by the property manager as the owners live out of state.
The property management company is responsible for all major maintenance which includes, in this case the furnace and air conditioning, which has gone out before, was told by the repair companies that it needed to be replaced but was "fixed". No regular maintenance has been done on either unit.
The end of March we had a furnace "blow back" which was disastrous. The house has been uninhabitable ever since and we have been living in a hotel. We had renter's insurance
up until Nov. of last year when it somehow didn't auto-renew...we now have it again. Anyway, the owner's insurance company determined that it as their liability and has been covering cleaning and replacing our belongings and our hotel expenses.
However, the owner's have now decided to evict us. The facts in the eviction are completely baseless. We have pre-paid legal services through my husband's employment and we have obtained the services through a local attorney.
Even though we have communicated with the attorney and his associate, a "notice of possession
" was obtained even though we asked for a continuance since I was scheduled for surgery even before the eviction was filed; an appeal was not filed in a timely fashion because we were not notified that the court hearing had even been held and so we did not have enough time to gather the 3 months rent in advance necessary to put in escrow, I will now shortly have an eviction on my record making it impossible for me to rent another home.
None of this has been our fault! We are homeless. We our out our last month's rent and security deposit ($5,000). My credit record now has an eviction on it. And we have not had a chance to defend ourselves. Do we have any recourse at all? We thought our interests were being looked out for. Please advise.