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Pennsylvania Leases and Rental Agreements Laws

Landlords and tenants can get along without issue, but they can also go after each other in court. That's why leases are regulated at the state level, where laws dictate limits on security deposits and other legal protections for both parties. According to Pennsylvania's lease and rental agreement laws, deposits pay interest if they are held for more than five years.

The key details of Pennsylvania lease and rental agreement laws are listed below. See FindLaw's Landlord Tenant Law section for more articles and resources.

Code Section Tit. 43 §955
Terms of Leases Holdover converts to same term as original lease if it was for 1 year or less
Deposits Limit 2 months rent; interest on deposit required if deposit held over 2 years
Discrimination No discrimination on basis of race, color, familial status, age, religious creed, ancestry, sex, national origin, handicap, disability; housing for older persons exempted
Uniform Residential Landlord & Tenant Act Adopted? No

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact an Pennsylvania real estate attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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