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Housing is one of the most essential needs that a person has and finding a comfortable, safe and affordable place is a top priority for any apartment dweller. Having a steady and reliable source of income is also a basic need and finding trustworthy, fluid and law-abiding tenants is a top priority for any landlord. When a disagreement arises between a tenant and a landlord it threatens the livelihood of both parties involved and understanding the law is critical to conflict resolution.

Landlord and Tenant Laws in Pittsburgh

Pennsylvania has laws protecting both tenants and landlords and it is important to be aware of them before entering into a lease.

State law requires landlords to provide a domicile with running water and heat that can be maintained at 68 degrees. It must have a bathroom with a door that closes, and the property must have functional doors and windows. The plumbing must be in working order, and the rental unit must be considered safe. Landlords in Pennsylvania are tasked with informing their tenantsof state laws. They must also advise tenants if there is lead based paint in the house. If a landlord does not live up to these expectations, they may be fined, and the tenant can sue.

A landlord in Pennsylvania may charge up to two months’ rent for the first year of a tenant’s lease and one month for subsequent years. When a tenant moves out a property owner has 30 days to return a security deposit.

Types of Landlord-Tenant Conflicts

Non-payment of Rent

One of the most common types of landlord-tenant conflicts arises when the tenant has failed to pay their rent. According to the Pennsylvania Landlord Tenant Act,  a landlord must give a tenant ten-days notice if they are being evicted for not paying the rent.

Destruction of Property

A landlord can evict a renter if that tenant destroys property or disturbs other people living on the property or their neighbors. However, in cases for anything other than non-payment of rent, the tenant must be given a fourteen-day notice to evict.


After a landlord has given a tenant ten days notice, he may go to a Magisterial Judge and file a landlord tenant complaint. A hearing will then be set where the landlord and tenant will appear before a judge. In cases of non payment of rent, the judgement almost always goes to the landlord. The landlord will then wait ten days and obtain an order of possession. Ten days after that, he may evict the tenant.

What to Look for in an Attorney

The most important quality a landlord tenant attorney can possess is experience in that particular type of law. You also want to make sure your lawyer has experience representing both landlord and tenants in conflicts. Stoner Law can help landlords get rid of bad tenants and make sure bad landlords pay tenants there due. Give us a call today.

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