Pennsylvania Rental Laws

Pennsylvania Rental Laws

Your Pennsylvania Rental Laws Guide to helpful links and information for leases, rent, security deposits, tenant screening, real estate and government.

Official Website of the State of Pennsylvania

The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Pennsylvania was 12,787,209 on July 1, 2014, a 0.67% increase since the 2010 United States Census.

The State of Pennsylvania has 67 counties.

State Laws and Regulations

Important Lease Terms

Security Deposits

  • Amount: 2 Months during the 1st year, 1 month’s rent the following year
  • Return Deadline:  30 Days

Fees and Notice:

  • Applications Fees: No Restrictions
  • Termination Notice:  15 Days
  • Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent: Yes or repair and deduct

Landlord Disclosures:

Real Estate Links:

Federal Government:

  • Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act – Federal Government legislation which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies.
  • Fair Housing Act – The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children.

Credit Reports

Tenant Screening

  • Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Counties Provided:  Adams,   Allegheny,   Armstrong,   Beaver,   Bedford,   Berks,   Blair,   Bradford,   Bucks,   Butler,   Cambria,   Cameron,   Carbon,   Centre,   Chester,   Clarion,   Clearfield,   Clinton,   Columbia,   Crawford,   Cumberland,   Dauphin,   Delaware,   Elk,   Erie,   Fayette,   Forest,   Franklin,   Fulton,   Greene,   Huntingdon,   Indiana,   Jefferson,   Juniata,   Lackawanna,   Lancaster,   Lawrence,   Lebanon,   Lehigh,   Luzerne,   Lycoming,   McKean,   Mercer,   Mifflin,   Monroe,   Montgomery,   Montour,   Northampton,   Northumberland,   Perry,   Philadelphia,   Pike,   Potter,   Schuylkill,   Snyder,   Somerset,   Sullivan,   Susquehanna,   Tioga,   Union,   Venango,   Warren,   Washington,   Wayne,   Westmoreland,   Wyoming,   York

Last Updated: April 16, 2020