Laws are in place to protect both the owners/landlords and tenants of rental properties, whether they are for residential or commercial use. The law office of Murphy, Butterfield & Holland, P.C., has been protecting the rights of both parties based on the laws and regulations determined by the state of Pennsylvania.

Frequently Asked Questions

Pennsylvania law requires you to go through district court.
Pennsylvania does allow withholding of rent if the rented property is seriously deficient, violating codes, or affecting the residents’ health and safety.
A landlord may raise the rent at the end of a lease term, or at any time if there is no current lease agreement.
It’s best to begin the process with a lawyer on your side.
A few steps toward finding a responsible tenant include having prospective tenants fill out an application. Call the references and previous landlord, verify employment, and check public records available from the county courthouse.