Pennsylvania Eviction Laws
If a landlord wants to evict a tenant from a rental property in Pennsylvania they must adhere to the Pennsylvania eviction process. Tenants can be expelled for the following reasons:
- Not paying the rent
- Paying the rent late on a regular basis
- Violating the rental agreement in some way
- Expiration of the rental term
- The tenant is engaged in criminal activity or has become a chronic nuisance
- The rental property has been substantially damaged by the tenant or by someone und er the tenant’s control
Evicting someone is time-consuming and costly and should not be taken lightly. A tenant’s credit and ability to find new housing can be significantly affected. As a landlord, Pennsylvania law requires you to follow due process in eviction cases. If not the eviction can be dismissed or the landlord might be liable for tenant damages. Please adhere to the following rules/laws:
Tenant Self-Evictions in Pennsylvania are Unlawful
The following actions are considered illegal in eviction cases: shutting off essential services, denying tenants access to the rental property, seizing a tenant’s personal belongings and threatening the tenant. Only a valid court order can legally expel a tenant.
Pennsylvania 10-Day Eviction Notice to Vacate
This notice should be used for non payment of rent unless the written lease indicates otherwise.
15-Day Eviction Notice to Vacate
This notice is required for leases that are a year or less for other reasons than non-payment unless the written lease indicates otherwise.
30-Day Eviction Notice
Used for eviction reasons other than nonpayment of rent for a lease that is more than one year, the notice must be 30-days unless the written lease indicates otherwise.
Service of Eviction Notice
The notice to vacate may be personally served on the tenant or placed in a conspicuous location or posting on the unit door. Simply mailing the notice does not satisfy the notice requirement.
For more information about Pennsylvania eviction law please visit:http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/uploadedfiles/consumers/landlord_tenant_act.pdf
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