The Pennsylvania Standard One (1) Year Lease Agreement is the most basic form of a Residential Lease Agreement. Unlike a Month to Month Lease Agreement, the lease cannot be altered or the tenant evicted unless the lease has been violated or has terminated. Therefore, despite how simple a Standard Lease can be, the tenant should still read it closely to make sure they can abide by all of its provisions.
As eviction can be a lengthy and difficult process, with no guarantee of financial recompense, both landlord and tenant should be completely sure of the tenants ability to maintain all the clauses of the lease before signing. A residential lease, of any kind, should use simple, clear language in order to prevent confusion or misinterpretation.
A residential lease should include the landlord’s name, the location and address of the property, the amount of rent, when it’s due and in what form. A lease should also include any specific provisions and clauses unique to property, the amount of any security deposit, whether the landlord charges a late fee and how much it is.
All of the state laws governing residential properties in Pennsylvania are contained in Title 13 2A1-2A5 and Title 68. If the property in question is part of a planned community or similar, it may be subject to slightly different laws, so both landlord and tenant should be aware of the specific laws pertaining to the type of property in Title 68.
- Pennsylvania landlords are required to place any security deposit over one hundred (100) dollars in a state or federally regulated financial institution, and are required to give the tenant the name and address of said institution.
- Federal law requires that the landlord disclose the presence of any lead paint based hazards on or around the property.