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IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EVICTION AND EJECTMENT IN PENNSYLVANIA?

In a word - Yes. There is a difference between eviction and ejectment. An eviction is a suit brought against someone while a lease is still in effect. Whether it is failure to pay rent, violation of the rules or violation of a lease provision, you are under the terms of the contract which is the lease. The eviction is used to terminate one's interest in the property during the term of the lease. What if the lease term is over or there never was a lease, only an agreement to allow someone to stay in the apartment or even your own home?

When there is no lease, or the lease has expired and not renewed or there never was a lease (something more common than you would believe) then the proper procedure is a suit in ejectment. Ejectment seeks to remove someone from possessing property which is no longer rightfully theirs to possess, even if it once was. Ejectment can also be used to determine certain title issues between the party in possession and the party claiming possession. But do not confuse it with something called a quiet title action, which is used to determine title in someone as against any and all potential possessors - like who should be the final owner, something not available simply because you signed a lease.

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