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Landlord Legislation in Pennsylvania

Below is a list of laws for landlords in Pennsylvania. New resources, bills and articles are updated daily. You can also type in a Bill Number or Keyword in the search bar to find additional details on laws.

HB1487 In emergency COVID-19 response, further providing for Hospitality Industry Recovery Program; and making an appropriation.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.343, No.176), known as The Fiscal Code, in emergency COVID-19 response, further providing for Hospitality Industry Recovery Program; and making an appropriation.
Sponsors
Todd Polinchock Kathleen Tomlinson Meghan Schroeder Wendi Thomas Shelby Labs Craig Staats Frank Farry Karen Boback Rosemary Brown Lynda Schlegel Culver Tina Davis Michael Driscoll Carol Hill-Evans Robert James Carrie Lewis DelRosso Mark Longietti David Millard Lori Mizgorski Ed Neilson Jack Rader David Rowe Louis Schmitt James Struzzi Christopher Quinn Craig Williams
Last Action
Referred to COMMERCE
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-hb1487/

HB330 In organization and jurisdiction of courts of common pleas, further providing for housing courts.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in organization and jurisdiction of courts of common pleas, further providing for housing courts.
Sponsors
Maureen Madden Michael Schlossberg Joseph Ciresi Mary Jo Daley Margo Davidson Austin Davis Elizabeth Fiedler Robert Freeman John Galloway Manuel Guzman Liz Hanbidge Carol Hill-Evans Joseph Hohenstein Sara Innamorato Malcolm Kenyatta Emily Kinkead Summer Lee Steven Malagari Jennifer O'Mara Ben Sanchez Joseph Webster
Last Action
Referred to JUDICIARY
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-hb330/

SB205 Providing for testing for dangerous levels of radon and remediation measures in school buildings, residential buildings, residential homes and commercial buildings; and imposing penalties.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act providing for testing for dangerous levels of radon and remediation measures in school buildings, residential buildings, residential homes and commercial buildings; and imposing penalties.
Sponsors
Christine Tartaglione Wayne Fontana James Brewster Judy Schwank John Kane Katie Muth Amanda Cappelletti
Last Action
Referred to ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-sb205/

HB565 In senior citizens property tax and rent rebate assistance, further providing for definitions and prohibiting certain use of rent rebates.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending the act of June 27, 2006 (1st Sp.Sess., P.L.1873, No.1), known as the Taxpayer Relief Act, in senior citizens property tax and rent rebate assistance, further providing for definitions and prohibiting certain use of rent rebates.
Sponsors
Daniel Deasy Mary Isaacson Stephen Samuelson Robert Freeman Michael Schlossberg Ben Sanchez Jeanne McNeill Carol Hill-Evans Dan Williams Joseph Ciresi Ed Neilson Joseph Webster Steven Malagari Nick Pisciottano Robert Matzie David Delloso
Last Action
Referred to FINANCE
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-hb565/

SB290 In COVID-19 disaster emergency, providing for housing protections.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in COVID-19 disaster emergency, providing for housing protections.
Sponsors
Vincent Hughes Nikil Saval Lindsey Williams Wayne Fontana Timothy Kearney Christine Tartaglione John Kane Carolyn Comitta Arthur Haywood Katie Muth Sharif Street Amanda Cappelletti
Last Action
Referred to URBAN AFFAIRS AND HOUSING
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-sb290/

HB328 In Commonwealth services, providing for rent recovery during COVID-19 disaster emergency.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in Commonwealth services, providing for rent recovery during COVID-19 disaster emergency.
Sponsors
Maureen Madden Michael Schlossberg Joseph Ciresi Mary Jo Daley Margo Davidson Austin Davis Elizabeth Fiedler Robert Freeman John Galloway Manuel Guzman Liz Hanbidge Carol Hill-Evans Joseph Hohenstein Sara Innamorato Malcolm Kenyatta Emily Kinkead Summer Lee Steven Malagari Jennifer O'Mara Ben Sanchez Peter Schweyer Joseph Webster
Last Action
Referred to CONSUMER AFFAIRS
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-hb328/

HB329 In Commonwealth services, prohibiting fees on late or missed rent payments or other similar charges during COVID-19 disaster emergency.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending Title 35 (Health and Safety) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in Commonwealth services, prohibiting fees on late or missed rent payments or other similar charges during COVID-19 disaster emergency.
Sponsors
Maureen Madden Michael Schlossberg Joseph Ciresi Mary Jo Daley Margo Davidson Austin Davis Elizabeth Fiedler Robert Freeman John Galloway Manuel Guzman Liz Hanbidge Carol Hill-Evans Joseph Hohenstein Sara Innamorato Malcolm Kenyatta Emily Kinkead Summer Lee Steven Malagari Jennifer O'Mara Ben Sanchez Peter Schweyer Joseph Webster
Last Action
Referred to CONSUMER AFFAIRS
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-hb329/

HB1533 In terms and courses of study, providing for program of accelerated learning following COVID-19 pandemic.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending the act of March 10, 1949 (P.L.30, No.14), known as the Public School Code of 1949, in terms and courses of study, providing for program of accelerated learning following COVID-19 pandemic.
Sponsors
Jesse Topper Rosemary Brown Mark Gillen Barbara Gleim Robert Kauffman Kyle Mullins Tracy Pennycuick Greg Rothman Francis Ryan Stanley Saylor Meghan Schroeder Todd Stephens James Struzzi Wendi Thomas Ryan Warner Martina White
Last Action
Laid on the table
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-hb1533/

HB1348 In emergency COVID-19 response, further providing for money in account, providing for elementary and secondary school emergency relief for school districts, charter schools and cyber charter schools, for emergency relief for other educational entities, for emergency education relief to non public schools, for funding for library services and for allocation from ARPA – Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief – Administration, further providing for Department of Health and for use of money, providing for Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and establishing the Construction Cost Relief Program; in Rental and Utility Assistance Grant Program, further providing for Rental and Utility Assistance Grant Program, for department and for reallocation of grants; providing for American Rescue Plan Rental and Utility Assistance Grant Program, for Homeowners Assistance Grant Program, for Water Assistance Program and for Child Care Stabilization Program; in bonus and tax reports and returns and reports and records relating to tax collection, further providing for confidential information; in oil and gas wells, further providing for Oil and Gas Lease Fund; providing for Angel Investment Venture Capital Program and for Transportation Pilot Programs; in special funds, further providing for funding and for expiration; in additional special funds and restricted accounts, further providing for establishment of special fund and account, for use of fund and for distributions from Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund and providing for Opioid Settlement Restricted Account; providing for 2021-2022 budget implementation and for 2021-2022 restrictions on appropriations for funds and accounts; in general budget implementation, further providing for Department of Education, for Department of General Services, for Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, for Department of Labor and Industry, further providing for Department of Human Services, providing for State employees’ Retirement System, further providing for Multimodal Transportation Fund and providing for Public Transportation Trust Fund; in school district debt refinancing bonds, further providing for sinking fund charges for school building projects; in 2020-2021 restrictions on appropriations for funds and accounts, further providing for fund transfers; and making related repeals.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.343, No.176), known as The Fiscal Code, in emergency COVID-19 response, further providing for money in account, providing for elementary and secondary school emergency relief for school districts, charter schools and cyber charter schools, for emergency relief for other educational entities, for emergency education relief to non public schools, for funding for library services and for allocation from ARPA - Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief - Administration, further providing for Department of Health and for use of money, providing for Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency and establishing the Construction Cost Relief Program; in Rental and Utility Assistance Grant Program, further providing for Rental and Utility Assistance Grant Program, for department and for reallocation of grants; providing for American Rescue Plan Rental and Utility Assistance Grant Program, for Homeowners Assistance Grant Program, for Water Assistance Program and for Child Care Stabilization Program; in bonus and tax reports and returns and reports and records relating to tax collection, further providing for confidential information; in oil and gas wells, further providing for Oil and Gas Lease Fund; providing for Angel Investment Venture Capital Program and for Transportation Pilot Programs; in special funds, further providing for funding and for expiration; in additional special funds and restricted accounts, further providing for establishment of special fund and account, for use of fund and for distributions from Pennsylvania Race Horse Development Fund and providing for Opioid Settlement Restricted Account; providing for 2021-2022 budget implementation and for 2021-2022 restrictions on appropriations for funds and accounts; in general budget implementation, further providing for Department of Education, for Department of General Services, for Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, for Department of Labor and Industry, further providing for Department of Human Services, providing for State employees' Retirement System, further providing for Multimodal Transportation Fund and providing for Public Transportation Trust Fund; in school district debt refinancing bonds, further providing for sinking fund charges for school building projects; in 2020-2021 restrictions on appropriations for funds and accounts, further providing for fund transfers; and making related repeals.
Sponsors
Stanley Saylor
Last Action
Act No. 24
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-hb1348/

HB1015 In recovery of possession, further providing for hearing, judgment, writ of possession and payment of rent by tenant.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending the act of April 6, 1951 (P.L.69, No.20), known as The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951, in recovery of possession, further providing for hearing, judgment, writ of possession and payment of rent by tenant.
Sponsors
Greg Rothman Craig Staats Francis Ryan Rich Irvin David Zimmerman Dan Moul Jeff Wheeland
Last Action
Referred to URBAN AFFAIRS
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-hb1015/

SB916 Providing for American Rescue Plan water, sewer and storm water assistance grants; and making an appropriation.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.343, No.176), known as The Fiscal Code, providing for American Rescue Plan water, sewer and storm water assistance grants; and making an appropriation.
Sponsors
Lindsey Williams Maria Collett Katie Muth Vincent Hughes John Kane Wayne Fontana Amanda Cappelletti Sharif Street Jay Costa Joe Pittman Steven Santarsiero Carolyn Comitta Judy Schwank Christine Tartaglione Arthur Haywood
Last Action
Referred to LOCAL GOVERNMENT
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-sb916/

SB890 Providing for equitable housing recovery.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act providing for equitable housing recovery.
Sponsors
Nikil Saval Jay Costa Vincent Hughes Arthur Haywood Amanda Cappelletti Katie Muth Carolyn Comitta Sharif Street John Kane Anthony Williams Christine Tartaglione James Brewster
Last Action
Referred to URBAN AFFAIRS AND HOUSING
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-sb890/

HB1530 In dockets, indices and other records, providing for expungement of eviction information, including eviction record sealing.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in dockets, indices and other records, providing for expungement of eviction information, including eviction record sealing.
Sponsors
Elizabeth Fiedler Rick Krajewski Ben Sanchez Mary Isaacson Joseph Hohenstein Christopher Rabb Dan Frankel Austin Davis Jordan Harris Malcolm Kenyatta John Galloway Manuel Guzman Maureen Madden Danielle Otten Donna Bullock Carol Hill-Evans Morgan Cephas Dan Williams Summer Lee Nick Pisciottano Sara Innamorato Mary Jo Daley Stephen Kinsey Jared Solomon Emily Kinkead Peter Schweyer Daniel Deasy Napoleon Nelson Darisha Parker Kristine Howard Patty Kim
Last Action
Referred to JUDICIARY
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-hb1530/

HB1979 Providing for tenant’s rights.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending the act of April 6, 1951 (P.L.69, No.20), known as The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951, providing for tenant's rights.
Sponsors
Emily Kinkead Dan Williams Michael Schlossberg Joseph Hohenstein Ben Sanchez Maureen Madden Stephen Kinsey
Last Action
Referred to CONSUMER AFFAIRS
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-hb1979/

Providing for American Rescue Plan EMS Agency Financial Loss Grant Program; and making an appropriation.

Summary
An Act amending the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.343, No.176), known as The Fiscal Code, providing for American Rescue Plan EMS Agency Financial Loss Grant Program; and making an appropriation.
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-sb994/

HR160 Directing the Joint State Government Commission to study evictions and eviction moratoriums and their impact on health, well-being and mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
A Resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to study evictions and eviction moratoriums and their impact on health, well-being and mortality during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sponsors
Sara Innamorato Manuel Guzman Summer Lee Michael Schlossberg Stephen Kinsey Jessica Benham Gregory Vitali Robert Merski Jeanne McNeill Dan Williams Ben Sanchez Malcolm Kenyatta Emily Kinkead Christopher Rabb Isabella Fitzgerald Austin Davis Daniel Miller Joseph Hohenstein Daniel Deasy
Last Action
Referred to URBAN AFFAIRS
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-hr160/

SB1002 Providing for mandatory sealing and for prohibition on dissemination of information in sealed court file.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act providing for mandatory sealing and for prohibition on dissemination of information in sealed court file.
Sponsors
Nikil Saval Maria Collett Sharif Street Wayne Fontana Amanda Cappelletti John Kane Timothy Kearney Judy Schwank Jay Costa Steven Santarsiero Lindsey Williams Katie Muth
Last Action
Referred to URBAN AFFAIRS AND HOUSING
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-sb1002/

SB109 In emergency finance and tax provisions, further providing for declaration of policy and providing for nontaxability of certain income; in emergency COVID-19 response, establishing the Hospitality Industry Recovery Program, providing for emergency education relief to nonpublic schools and for emergency education relief to educational entities and repealing provisions relating to Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency; establishing the Rental and Utility Assistance Grant Program; in additional special funds and restricted accounts, providing for Workers’ Compensation Security Fund transfer to COVID-19 Response Restricted Account; in 2020-2021 Restrictions on Appropriations for Funds and Accounts, further providing for fund transfers; and making appropriations.

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.343, No.176), known as The Fiscal Code, in emergency finance and tax provisions, further providing for declaration of policy and providing for nontaxability of certain income; in emergency COVID-19 response, establishing the Hospitality Industry Recovery Program, providing for emergency education relief to nonpublic schools and for emergency education relief to educational entities and repealing provisions relating to Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency; establishing the Rental and Utility Assistance Grant Program; in additional special funds and restricted accounts, providing for Workers' Compensation Security Fund transfer to COVID-19 Response Restricted Account; in 2020-2021 Restrictions on Appropriations for Funds and Accounts, further providing for fund transfers; and making appropriations.
Sponsors
Joe Pittman
Last Action
Act No. 1
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2021-sb109/

HB2837 In emergency COVID-19 response, further providing for definitions and for Mortgage and Rental Assistance Program.

HB71 In recovery of possession, further providing for hearing, judgment, writ of possession and payment of rent by tenant.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending the act of April 6, 1951 (P.L.69, No.20), known as The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951, in recovery of possession, further providing for hearing, judgment, writ of possession and payment of rent by tenant.
Sponsors
Greg Rothman Aaron Bernstine Rich Irvin Dawn Keefer Frederick Keller Ryan Mackenzie Francis Ryan David Zimmerman Mike Jones Susan Helm Donald Cook Mark Rozzi Jeff Wheeland Jonathan Fritz Jack Rader
Last Action
Laid on the table
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2019-hb71/

HB207 In senior citizens property tax and rent rebate assistance, further providing for definitions and prohibiting certain use of rent rebates.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending the act of June 27, 2006 (1st Sp.Sess., P.L.1873, No.1), known as the Taxpayer Relief Act, in senior citizens property tax and rent rebate assistance, further providing for definitions and prohibiting certain use of rent rebates.
Sponsors
Daniel Deasy Jared Solomon Mary Isaacson Stephen Samuelson Michael Schlossberg Christopher Rabb Jeanne McNeill Robert Freeman Joseph Ciresi Ed Neilson Anthony DeLuca Carol Hill-Evans William Kortz Thomas Caltagirone Robert Matzie Elizabeth Fiedler
Last Action
Referred to FINANCE
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2019-hb207/

SB1090 Providing for testing for dangerous levels of radon and remediation measures in school buildings, residential buildings, residential homes and commercial buildings; and imposing penalties.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An Act providing for testing for dangerous levels of radon and remediation measures in school buildings, residential buildings, residential homes and commercial buildings; and imposing penalties.
Sponsors
Christine Tartaglione Vincent Hughes Wayne Fontana Judy Schwank James Brewster Jay Costa Katie Muth John Yudichak
Last Action
Referred to ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES AND ENERGY
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2019-sb1090/

SB1132 In limitation of time, providing for action in judicial emergency.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending Title 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in limitation of time, providing for action in judicial emergency.
Sponsors
Vincent Hughes Wayne Fontana Steven Santarsiero Jay Costa Judy Schwank Katie Muth Lawrence Farnese Sharif Street
Last Action
Referred to JUDICIARY
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2019-sb1132/

HB650 In tenement buildings and multiple dwelling premises, providing for utility service foreign load.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending the act of April 6, 1951 (P.L.69, No.20), known as The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951, in tenement buildings and multiple dwelling premises, providing for utility service foreign load.
Sponsors
Dan Moul David Millard Greg Rothman Stanley Saylor
Last Action
Referred to CONSUMER AFFAIRS
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2019-hb650/

HB1182 In recovery of possession, providing for early termination of lease by terminally ill tenant.

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
An Act amending the act of April 6, 1951 (P.L.69, No.20), known as The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951, in recovery of possession, providing for early termination of lease by terminally ill tenant.
Sponsors
Brian Kirkland Dan Williams Maria Donatucci Jordan Harris Michael Schlossberg Margo Davidson Rosita Youngblood Tina Davis Thomas Caltagirone Thomas Murt Anthony DeLuca Stephen Kinsey Carol Hill-Evans Robert Freeman Jeanne McNeill John Galloway Ed Neilson Joseph Ciresi Ben Sanchez Joanna McClinton Mark Rozzi
Last Action
Referred to CONSUMER AFFAIRS
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/pa-2019-hb1182/

Must-Know Pennsylvania Landlord-Tenant Laws

Law For Landlords

In the U.S., there are nearly 48.5 million rental units. A little over half of these rental units are owned by business entities, while the rest are owned by individual investors.

There are a lot of good reasons to own rental property in, including providing a passive income source as well as the potential for property value appreciation. Many Americans have managed to make rental property ownership their full-time job, while others might keep a few rental properties as a way of making extra income.

If you are considering becoming a landlord, you likely have a lot of questions. What regulations do landlords need to know? What should I know as a landlord in general?

Understanding landlord-tenant laws is essential for protecting yourself legally and financially. Here’s a brief guide for self-managing landlords regarding some of the most important federal and state laws.

The Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act is one of the two major federal laws that impact all property managers and landlords across the country. This is a law that prohibits discrimination due to national origin, race, religion, color, disability, sex or familial status. This law applies to:

  • Renting or buying a home
  • Seeking housing assistance
  • Getting a mortgage
  • Engaging in other housing-related activities

This law extends beyond leasing where landlords are concerned. It also applies to advertising, meaning that it is illegal to market your properties to any specific group of people.

Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is a law that requires landlords to do a number of things when running a credit check. These include receiving permission from an applicant to run a credit report, informing the applicant if their credit report was the basis for adverse action or denial, and providing specific information regarding the credit reporting agency they used

Law Paint Law

It is required by landlords under federal law to disclose the presence of lead paint. They are not required to remove lead paint under federal law, but state laws might dictate otherwise. It’s important to learn about your state and municipality laws regarding lead paint in addition to the federal law.

Discrimination Law

Beyond the Federal Fair Housing Act, state and local laws might provide additional protection beyond the federal law. These might extend protections to people based on their sexual orientation, age, marital status, political association and even hairstyle.

Tenant Duties

While your tenant is responsible for some things, you should know what those things are as the landlord. Then, you can include those duties in your lease agreement. If a tenant doesn’t fulfill their duties, you may be able to provide a notice to vacate in law. Your tenants need to comply with local health and building codes to keep themselves and others safe. They also need to dispose of garbage safely and legally, and they need to use the property reasonably. That means living in the property, but unreasonable uses could include conducting business. Tenants are also responsible for keeping the property clean on a daily basis. They also can’t do anything that would disturb their neighbors, especially if you own a duplex or a similar property. A tenant must also ensure their guests also comply with these requirements. And whenever your tenant has any issues, they must notify you so that you can correct the problem.

Security Deposit Limit

Before a tenant moves in, you can charge them a security deposit. Fortunately, doesn’t have any limitations regarding the amount the deposit can be. You can set an amount based on the property’s rent or value. And you can charge a security deposit for short-term or long-term leases. Then, you can hold onto that amount for the duration of the tenant’s stay. While you can use the money from the deposit, it’s smart to keep it in a separate account. When the tenant moves out, you can make sure you have enough money to pay them back. You can outline the terms of the security deposit, such as the amount and when you will return it, in your lease agreement. That way, you and your tenant both understand the terms, and you can use similar language if you ever buy property in another state.

A Legal Lease Document

Each state and some municipalities might have laws regarding the lease contract. Rental contracts must abide by all laws and be legally written. It is necessary to indicate tenant names, monthly rental rates, and leasing periods clearly.

In some jurisdictions, it is required that certain legal disclosures be included in the lease document. Working with a lawyer to produce your rental contract can help ensure that the lease provides all of the required information and doesn’t break any federal, state, or local laws.

Required Disclosures

It is common in many states to require landlords to inform tenants about individual landlord policies, certain state laws, or specific information about the rental. It might be required that this is disclosed within the lease itself or in additional documentation.

It’s important to look into your state’s requirements about disclosures. However, some commonly required disclosures include notice of recent deaths, mold, meth contamination, or other safety or health hazards.

Providing a Safe Environment

One important landlord-tenant law has to do with the habitability of the rental unit. The definition of “safe, habitable condition” might be different between states. For this reason, you must familiarize yourself with the laws for landlords in your location.

Typically, this means that the property cannot have serious deficiencies. It also means that fixtures, appliances, heating, and plumbing need to be in working order. You also cannot rent out a property that is infested with pests or insects.

 Landlords are usually responsible for dealing with infestations even if the outbreak happens after the tenant moves in. However, in many states, this can be avoided by specifying that the renter is responsible for pest control.

Laws About Making Repairs

In the lease agreement, it will be outlined that the tenants are responsible for reporting necessary repairs. It then becomes the landlord’s responsibility to complete the repairs within an appropriate amount of time.

If a landlord doesn’t make a repair in a timely manner in a way that impacts the safety or health of a tenant, a tenant might have the right to withhold rent.

Security Deposits

It is common for landlords to require a security deposit from the tenant. This is in order to cover the costs of any damage the tenant causes or if they fail to pay rent. A landlord must refund the security deposit unless it is needed to cover the cost of fixing property damage or covering default rent payments.

In some states, how the security deposit is kept is dictated by the law. It is also typically required that an itemized list of deductions must be provided to the tenant if the landlord is using some of the deposit for these purposes.

The unused portion of the deposit must be returned and the itemized statement must be provided. If they aren’t, the landlord can face financial and legal repercussions.

Renters Right To Privacy

Most landlord-tenant rules and regulations cover the right to quiet enjoyment of a tenant. This means that it is their right to live on a property undisturbed. The landlord must give proper notice before entering the rental unit, which is usually 24 to 48 hours unless there is an emergency.

Landlords can only enter the rental property for valid reasons and at a reasonable time of day after giving notice.

Landlord-Tenant Laws: Essential For Protecting Yourself Legally and Financially

Without a good understanding of landlord-tenant laws, you can find yourself in a mess of legal and financial trouble. It’s therefore very important to familiarize yourself with the federal, state, and local laws regarding the rights of tenants and the responsibilities of landlords.

Are you looking for more valuable resources to serve as a guide for self-managing landlords? You can find more resources and guides here.

Reviewing Laws for Landlords

Understanding laws for landlords is essential for keeping your properties up and running. It can also protect you and your finances if you have a problematic tenant or experience other issues. Whether you just bought your first rental property or are looking to expand, you should understand how these laws affect you. That way, you won’t have to worry about losing everything. Do you want to learn more about laws for landlords? Let us know.

Please understand that because of the nature of the topic, this page has been written in a generalized form. Further guidance should be sought on the topic being searched by the landlord.

Pennsylvania Landlord Legislation Blog

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Eviction Moratorium Ends

Time to Focus on Rental Assistance Breaking News August 27, 2021 The U.S. Supreme Court ended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) eviction moratorium Thursday night, giving much-needed relief to America’s small housing providers facing financial hardship for more than a year. In a 6-3 ruling, a majority of justices agreed that the stay on the lower court’s order finding the CDC’s eviction moratorium to be unlawful was no longer justified. In their order, the justices wrote, “The

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A Guide to Section 8 for Landlords

Over 10 million Americans are afforded federal rental assistance under a program known as Section 8 housing. This federal rental assistance can be used all over the United States, which means that all US landlords should have a basic understanding of what Section 8 is and how it works. In short, Section 8 housing provides a solution for low-income families and individuals who are in need of housing. But how does Section 8 housing work for landlords? If you’ve poked around online

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Pros and Cons of Month-to-Month Rental Leases

The real estate market is in a particularly unusual state in 2021 as the overall economy seeks to correct itself during an ongoing pandemic. One of the more surprising results of the past year is that while housing prices are going up, the cost to rent is, in many places, going down or stabilizing. Now is a great time for property owners to analyze the kind of leasing agreements they typically offer. Is month-to-month rental a better solution in the present,

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A Guide to Squatter Rights- What Landlords Absolutely Need to Know

If you’re a landlord who has recently discovered the presence of unknown tenants living in one of your properties, you’re probably wondering what to do next. Is this trespassing? Can you simply kick them out? The answer is not quite so simple, assuming these unexpected tenants are squatters. We tend to think of squatters in basic, colloquial terms: people who have moved into a property they don’t own or rent and live there without permission. However, you’ve probably also heard

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A Complete Guide to Every Step in the Eviction Process

As a landlord, your hope is to bring on high-quality tenants that abide by the lease and pay rent on time each month. However, you might be surprised at how likely it is that you could find yourself going through the eviction process at some point in your tenure. In the past few years, US eviction data was compiled and revealed just how common evictions actually are. In fact, in 2016 alone, 2.3 million evictions were filed in America. Our goal is

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The Landlord’s Guide to Rent Collection

There are over 10 million individual landlords in the United States, each with its own methods for rent collection. How a landlord collects rent, what they charge, and how they deal with late payments has to do both with their personal preferences and the laws in their state. Renting is a great way to earn side money or even a full liveable income, but there are many things to consider before you begin looking for tenants. If you have a property you’re interested

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