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Pennsylvania Rental Lease Agreements | Laws

A Pennsylvania lease agreement is a contract that is drafted for rental arrangements between landlords and tenants. The document describes the property that is being rented, the length of the lease, and the rental price, as well as any deposits and fees that the landlord requires. In a lease agreement, both parties are bound to the provisions relayed in the lease document. For instance, the tenant will be required to pay rent every month for the entirety of the lease term, while the landlord will be unable to evict them without reason. If the agreement is month-to-month, however, the landlord can evict the tenant with no reason and only fifteen (15) days’ notice.

Rental Application – By implementing an application process, landlords can obtain the rental, employment, and credit histories of potential tenants prior to making an agreement.


Agreements: By Type (7)

Commercial Lease Agreement – A commercial lease agreement is used for the rental of space designated for business use.

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College Roommate Agreement – College roommates can use this document as a means of formalizing the terms by which they agree to divide payments and chores, as well as any rules regarding behavior.

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Lease with Option to Purchase (Lease to Own) – This type of lease agreement allows the tenant to buy the property if they choose.

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Month to Month Lease Agreement – A rental agreement that has no termination date and renews with each monthly payment that the tenant makes.

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Roommate Agreement – A formal arrangement between roommates that lays out their responsibilities as tenants of the same residence.

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Standard (1-year) Lease Agreement – This rental contract allows a tenant to lease a residential property for twelve (12) months, usually with the option for renewal.

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Sublease Agreement – With the landlord’s permission, sublease agreements enable individuals to rent out all or part of their leased space to subtenants.

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Landlord-Tenant Laws


There are no state-specific disclosures that landlords are required to provide their tenants when entering into a lease agreement.

Landlord’s Access

General Access – No statute; at least twenty-four (24) hours’ notice is always recommended as a standard courtesy.

Emergency Access – Not mentioned in state statutes.


Grace Period – Not mentioned in state statutes.

Maximum Fees ($) – Not mentioned in state statutes.

Rent Increase Notice – Not mentioned in state statutes.

Security Deposits

Maximum Amount ($) (§ 250.511.1(a)) – The most that a landlord can require tenants to pay is an amount equal to two (2) months’ rent.

Returning to Tenant (§ 250.512(a)) – The security deposit must be delivered back to the tenant within thirty (30) days from the lease termination date or when the tenant surrenders the property (whichever comes first).

Interest Required? (§ 250.511.1(b)) – Yes, after the second (2nd) anniversary of the tenant giving their deposit they are entitled to interest.

Separate Bank Account? (§ 250.511.1(b)) – Yes, any security deposits that are held for more than two (2) years must be kept in an escrow account.