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Pennsylvania Leases and Rental Agreements Laws

Lease and Rental Agreements in General

Landlords and tenants can get along without any major issues, but they can also go after each other in court. That's why leases and rental agreements are regulated at the state level, where laws dictate limits on security deposits and other legal protections for both parties. Landlords and tenants each both take risks when entering into lease agreements, so these laws attempt to strike a balance between the two parties.

Lease agreements outline the term of the occupancy (such as "12 months" or "month-by-month"), the rent amount, how amount of the security deposit, rules regarding pets, whether subletting is allowed, and other terms.

Details About Pennsylvania Lease and Rental Agreement Laws

According to Pennsylvania's lease and rental agreement laws, deposits pay interest if they are held for more than five years. Deposits cannot be more than two months' rent for the first year (just one month's rent for additional years), and must be returned within 30 days after the expiration of the lease. Deposits may be used to cover unpaid rent, damage, or excessive cleaning needs.

Landlords are required by Pennsylvania law to provide up to 10 days to pay overdue rent. After that deadline, delinquent tenants must either move out or become subject to an eviction. If the landlord fails to fix a broken toilet or make other important repairs, the tenant may lawfully withhold rent.

The key details of Pennsylvania lease and rental agreement laws are listed below. See FindLaw's Landlord Tenant Law section for more articles and resources.

Code Section Tit. 68 Real and Personal Property
Terms of Leases Holdover converts to same term as original lease if it was for 1 year or less
Deposits Limit 2 months rent; interest on deposit required if deposit held over 2 years
Discrimination No discrimination on basis of race, color, familial status, age, religious creed, ancestry, sex, national origin, handicap, disability; housing for older persons exempted
Uniform Residential Landlord & Tenant Act Adopted? No

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Pennsylvania real estate attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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