The Pennsylvania Rental Lease Agreement Forms are a set of legal forms that permit a property owner or manager to rent out their property to another party. The lease typically has a set start and end date, as well as specifications about how much rent is, when it must be paid and in what form. If you wish to sell or rent property in Pennsylvania, you need a Real Estate Broker License.
Each lease is unique and will vary wildly based on the property it is renting, what the property is intended to be used for, as well as any local statutes and laws it will be subject to. In order to be as secure as possible in the knowledge that lease will be upheld by both parties, both parties should read the lease exceptionally carefully and ensure that the other party does so as well.
Form Description Types
Pennsylvania Rental Laws
Laws are pursuant to Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. Title 13 2A1-2A5 and Title 68.
A landlord is legally allowed to charge up to two months rent for a security deposit, for the first year of renting. For all subsequent years, the landlord is allowed to charge up to one month’s rent. If the tenant remains at a property for more than two (2) years, the tenant is entitled to interest paid on the security deposit.
If the amount of security deposit exceeds one hundred (100) dollars, the landlord must place the deposit in a state or federally regulated bank and must inform the tenant of the name and address of said bank. The landlord is required to return the deposit within thirty (30) after the tenant has vacated the property.
There are very few state laws regulating rent in Pennsylvania. As such there is no limit to the amount a landlord can charge for rent. The amount of rent and when it is due will be specified on the lease. If the rent is not paid on time, and in full, the lease may have a provision for a late fee. There is no law governing late fees in Pennsylvania, so any amount may be charged. However if the lease does not contain a provision for a late fee, the landlord is not entitled to charge one.
In a Month to Month Lease, the landlord may alter the amount of rent required at their discretion. There is no law requiring any amount of notice before rent increases, although raising rent in a discriminatory or retaliatory manner is, of course, illegal. In a One Year Lease, the rent cannot be altered until the lease has terminated and been renegotiated, unless a provision in the lease specifies a rent increase.
It is possible, albeit complex, to withhold or deduct rent in Pennsylvania, due to the landlord failing to making vital repairs. Typically the tenant must request an inspection from city hall, the inspector must declare the house certified to go on Rent Withholding and the tenant must inform city hall in writing that they wish to go into Rent Withholding. Rent will then be paid into an Escrow Account. If the repairs are not made within six (6) months, the tenant will receive the contents of the Escrow Account. If the repairs are made, the landlord is entitled to the money in the Escrow Account
In a Month to Month Agreement the lease can be terminated immediately, at the landlord’s discretion. Pennsylvania state law does not have any requirement for how much notice must be given to vacate, although the lease agreement will typically specify an amount of time.
In a One Year Lease, the landlord can begin the eviction process by serving the tenant with an Unconditional Quit Notice. The tenant will then have a certain amount of time to move out, depending on the offense and length of the lease. If the rent has gone unpaid, the tenant will have ten (10) days to move out. If the lease has been otherwise violated, the tenant will have fifteen (15) days to move out, if the lease is for one (1) year or less, or thirty (30) days to move out if the lease is for more than a year.
If the tenant does not vacate in that time, the landlord can seek an Eviction Notice from the local court system. Without an Eviction notice the landlord cannot disable utilities, change the locks, remove the tenants possessions or otherwise try to force the tenant to vacate.
In Pennsylvania it is illegal to alter rent or terms of the lease, refuse housing, deny availability of a property or otherwise discriminate against an individual for the following reasons:
- race, color, national origin, ancestry, family status, national origin, sex, disability, physical or mental handicap
- note that age, sexual orientation and gender identity are not covered
Landlord Right to Enter
There are no laws specifically regarding a landlord’s right to enter in Pennsylvania, and they are thus governed by common law. A landlord cannot typically enter without permission in a non-emergency situation unless they have provided 24 hours notice and enter at a reasonable time and for a reasonable reason.