Pennsylvania Landlord Tenant Law

Pennsylvania Landlord Tenant Laws are provided in the 68 P.S. Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951. The statutes provide definitions of terms related to landlord tenant laws, the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants as well as violations and remedies under Pennsylvania Landlord Tenant Law.

This information is not a substitute for legal advice. If you have questions regarding Pennsylvania Landlord Tenant Law or believe you may have a legal case pursuant to these statutes, you should seek the advice of an attorney.

Pennsylvania Landlord Tenant Law

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Pennsylvania Landlord Tenant Law – Security deposits

Pennsylvania Landlord Tenant Laws refer to a security deposit as “escrow payment,” in accordance with 250.511(a), “Escrow funds limited.” Under the statutes regarding security deposits, a landlord may not require an amount equal to more than two months rent as escrow payment during the first year of a lease. Upon renewal of a lease for the second and for any subsequent years, a landlord may require an escrow payment that must not exceed an amount equal to more than the amount of a one-month rent payment. Under 250.511(d), a landlord may not require a tenant to pay additional escrow funds. Beginning with the third year of a rental term and for every year thereafter, 250.511(c) requires that “upon termination of the lease, or on surrender and acceptance of the leasehold premises, the escrow funds together with interest shall be returned to the tenant in accordance with sections 511.2 and 512.” All escrow funds over the amount of $100 “shall be deposited in an escrow account of an institution regulated by the Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Comptroller of the Currency, or the Pennsylvania Department of Banking.” Landlords are required to notify tenants in writing where the escrow funds are being held.

Upon the termination of the tenancy, the landlord is required to return all funds held in escrow to the tenant within thirty days. If the landlord claims that the tenant is responsible for any damages to the property, an itemized list of damages and amount of escrow withheld for each shall be provided to the tenant in writing, along with return of the remainder of the security deposit. If the landlord fails to return the security deposit forfeits all rights to withhold any of the funds in escrow for alleged damages. If a tenant fails to notify the landlord of a new address in writing upon termination of the tenancy, doing so “shall relieve the landlord from any liability under this section.”

Pennsylvania Landlord Tenant Law – Abandonment of personal property

The Pennsylvania Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951 was amended in 2012 to include a new section on “Disposition of Abandoned Personal Property.” Under this section, at the termination of the tenancy, the tenant is responsible for complete removal of all personal property from the premises. Section 505.1(2) (b) states that tenants have ten days after relinquishing possession of the premises to contact the property owner to arrange to remove any remaining personal property. It is required that “If the intent is conveyed to the landlord, the personal property shall be retained by the landlord at a site of the landlord’s choosing for thirty days.” If the tenant fails to contact the landlord within the allotted ten days, the personal property of the tenant “may be disposed of at the end of the ten days at the discretion of the landlord.”

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Nationwide Landlord Tenant Laws

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