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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and
resources about issues relating to Tenants Rights
in Pennsylvania.

  • A Tenant's Guide to Renting PDF

    This handbook from Neighborhood Legal Services Association is designed to address some common problems that you may face as a tenant. It addresses a number issues including Searching for a rental unit; Reviewing and signing your lease; Moving into your new rental unit; Living in your rental unit; and Moving out. [PDF] Content Detail

    By:
    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Illegal Lockouts (Video)

    This video from Neighborhood Legal Services Association explains tenants' rights under the law in Pennsylvania that offer protection against self-help evictions when the landlord changes the locks or renders the property unusable without following the property eviction procedures. Read More

    By:
    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Notice of Appeal for Pennsylvania

    This packet from North Penn Legal Services will prepare a "Notice of Appeal" form (as well as a Civil Cover Sheet) for filing an appeal from the Magisterial District Court to the Court of Common Pleas. Instructions for filing and service will be included. Read More

    By:
    North Penn Legal Services
  • PAHousingSearch.com

    The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency provides this simple-to-use housing locator Web site that lets you define what you want in your next living space, and then it does all the research – presenting you with the relevant housing vacancies that best fit your parameters in the community where you want to live. Content Detail

    By:
    Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
  • Request for Reasonable Accommodation

    This form prepares a "Request for Reasonable Accommodation" for disabled tenants in Pennsylvania. You can send the request to a landlord, if you need changes to your rental unit or rental program because of your disability. IMPORTANT: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form. To use this form, you must have Internet Explorer and Microsoft Word installed on the computer you are using. Read More

    By:
    North Penn Legal Services
  • Request to Landlord for Repairs

    This form prepares a letter for Pennsylvania tenants to send to your landlord asking that repairs be done to your rental unit. This letter should be used as the initial request to your landlord. IMPORTANT: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form. To use this form, you must have Internet Explorer and Microsoft Word installed on the computer you are using. Read More

    By:
    North Penn Legal Services
  • Self-Help Handbook for Tenants

    This handbook from North Penn Legal Services provides useful information about renting an apartment and some of the basics of landlord-tenant law. For those looking for rental housing, the handbook has practical suggestions about what to look for while inspecting the rental unit and what questions to ask the landlord. For those who are already renting, the handbook discusses common problems such as nonpayment of rent or complaints about repairs. [PDF] Read More

    By:
    North Penn Legal Services
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • What Kind of Notice to Vacate Is Required for Residential Leases under Pennsylvania Law?

    Information from Neighborhood Legal Services Association on notice requirements in eviction. Content Detail

    By:
    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services for tenants about your right to quiet enjoyment of your premises. Read More

    By:
    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Deduct & Repair - Tenant's Right to a Safe and Decent Home

    Informational guide from MidPenn Legal Services for tenants which explains their right to a safe and decent home Read More

    By:
    MidPenn Legal Services
  • Housing Code Fact Sheet

    Fact Sheet from MidPenn Legal Services outlining various house code issues and tenants rights Read More

    By:
    MidPenn Legal Services
  • Implied Warranty of Habitability

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. on your right to a residence fit for human habitation. Content Detail

    By:
    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Landlord's Duty To Make Repairs

    Information from Neighborhood Legal Services Association on a landlord's duty to repair rental property. Content Detail

    By:
    Neighborhood Legal Services Association
  • Private Housing Evictions

    Information from Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc. on your rights when you are evicted from private housing. Content Detail

    By:
    Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.
  • Renting an Apartment (Video)

    This "Renting an Apartment" video from North Penn Legal Services addresses many practical issues tenants and landlords should consider before entering into a lease agreement. Of particular interest to landlords is an extensive panel discussion on discriminatory advertising and rental practices. The format includes vignettes and a panel discussion. (24 minutes) Read More

    By:
    North Penn Legal Services