Pennsylvania Landlord-Tenant Law

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Pennsylvania has secured a vital place in America’s early history while also being known for its beautiful landscapes, easy public transportation, and Philly cheesesteaks. The Keystone State has so much to offer – including, highly-ranked universities and the sixth biggest economy in the United States. As Pennsylvania continues to thrive and expand, the rental market continues to grow and stay competitive. For our recommendations on exactly where to invest in this state, take a look at our Pennsylvania state rental investment report – read below for more information on Pennsylvania landlord-tenant law.

Pennsylvania Landlord-Tenant Law FAQs

Below are answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions when it comes to landlord-tenant laws in Pennsylvania:

How Long Does a Landlord Have to Fix Something in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania law states a landlord must fix something within a reasonable amount of time. Landlords must adhere to the Warranty of Habitability which is included in every lease to make sure the property is safe to live in. For example, if the rental property is in need of a critical repair, such as fixing the heat, a landlord must fix it within 24 hours. When it comes to non-critical emergencies, a landlord has 14 days to make the repair.

Can a Landlord Require Renters Insurance in Pennsylvania?

Renters insurance is not required by law in Pennsylvania, but some landlords will require it in their lease.

How Much Notice Does a Landlord Have to Give to Enter a Rental Property in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, a landlord must give reasonable notice before entering a property – usually, 24-hours advanced notice. There needs to be written notice – if emergency repairs are needed, landlords can enter the property to stop any damage that is occurring.

Due Diligence and Landlord-Tenant Laws in Pennsylvania

TurboTenant has utilized many municipal sources along with official state statutes in order to compile this information to the best of our ability. However, local laws are always in flux and landlords and tenants alike should be sure to do their due diligence and consult legal help when it’s needed. We hope the following list can serve as a valuable resource and allow you to succeed as a landlord or tenant in Pennsylvania. Be sure to take proper precautions when it comes to finding the top candidates for your unit by utilizing our online rental application and tenant screening services.

Disclaimer: TurboTenant, Inc does not provide legal advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. All users are advised to check all applicable local, state, and federal laws and consult legal counsel should questions arise.

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