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This appears to be a classic case of a violation of the implied warranty of habitability. In 1979, the PA Supreme Court decided that landlords who rent property for people to live in must make sure such property is "safe, sanitary and fit for human habitation." They called this the Warranty of Habitability. [Pugh v. Holmes, 486 Pa. 272, 405 A.2d 897 (1979)] A landlord's obligations under the Warranty of Habitability cannot be taken from you even if you sign a lease that says you are renting the property "as is" or that you are responsible for all repairs.
So, things like heating and gas are going to be those items that are going to make the home habitable. Gas and heating are necessary for people to stay warm and to cook food so its absence makes the place unlivable. One of the remedies is to withhold rent from the landlord. So, if your granddaughter had to move out because of this, then she is able to withhold rent under Pennsylvania common law. I would recommend that she send a breach of contract letter to the landlord explaining that what they are doing is a retaliatory eviction. There’s a site that I’ve used in the past where you can find a good template for advising of a breach of contract (click here).
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