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When a plaintiff is granted judgment for possession of property.

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When a plaintiff is granted judgment for possession of property. Can defendant file a appeal with no residential lease at prothonotary/clerk of courts?
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The answer is yes (but with caveats, see below). Even though there is no written lease in place, the Defendant may still appeal the decision of the Court by law on any ground (it is automatically assumed that a non-written lease is a month to month lease anyhow under PA law). The appeal would go to the local Court of Common Pleas.

As such, the answer is yes, they can.


1) The tenant has to appeal in 10 days or their appeal right is forfeited;
2) If an appeal is filed, she will be required to post with the court the amount of rent owed OP three months rent; whichever is less. Rule 1008(B). If she does not, the authorities may force her out.

So while she can appeal, she may not be able to DO so unless she fulfills the above.

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