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That would be illegal. Pennsylvania is one of many states that now prohibit the use of self-help
altogether, requiring instead that commercial landlords use only the judicial process to remove tenants
in default or those who are otherwise wrongfully in possession. What that means is that even if you are in default, the landlord can not take any action to constructively evict you, such as locking you out or shutting off utilities, until and unless he first issues you a written notice to quit and then if you don't leave filing an unlawful detainer action with the court for an eviction order. Depending upon the court's docket, it can take anywhere from 15 days to a couple of months to get a hearing. Only when a court has issued an eviction order can the landlord evict you.
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