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Is a 99 year land lease binding in the state of PA with just

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Is a 99 year land lease binding in the state of PA with just signatures. We leased land and the man that leased it passed away. His family has no problems with us camping on this land since he was paid. The adjoining property owner does not accept the lease and is making things diffuicult. he has even had his land surveyed to show our gated entry is no longer accessible. He had alresdy stated that our camper is on the land.
Yes, your lease is valid. As long as it has all the relevant terms, like the price, party names, etc.

I think you should go to the registry of deeds in the county where the property is located and see if you can get the lease recorded on the title. This will put the world on notice of your interest and then the neighbor can no longer bother you.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

I was told that a 99 year lease is treated differently in PA and is almost like a sale. The man that wrote the lease was caretaker for his mother. One attorney said the lease is binding. I am hearing from other people no way. Under these circumstances and after spending $5000. am I ok to stay on the land? Must I have someone from the man's family go to the county . I doubt they will .They have no problem with us being there. We paid the taxes so it would not go to sheriff's sale. They do not want to deal with the problems.

I can't find anything that states that the lease requires something additional in PA to be legal. The best you can do is get it filed on record with the registry of deeds.

You don't need the family to do that, you can do it on your own since your lease is in your name.

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