Pennsylvania Rent Increases & Fees

QUICK FACTS
  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Pennsylvania state landlords can raise rent only after the lease has ended.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. For month-to-month tenancies, Pennsylvania landlords must provide 60 days notice from next rent due date.
  • Bounced Check Fees. Pennsylvania state landlords may charge up to $50 for bounced checks.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

In the state of Pennsylvania, a landlord must abide by the conditions of the lease. Rent may not be increased during the term of a lease, unless both parties agree to the increase. The lease should also indicate the amount of notice a landlord must provide before an increase may be made in the amount of rent. However, a Pennsylvania landlord may increase rent on “at-will” tenants at any time, so long as the appropriate notices are followed (Pennsylvania Renters Handbook).

When is it illegal to raise rent?

In the state of Pennsylvania, it is illegal for a landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant Fair Housing Act.

It is also illegal for a Pennsylvania landlord to increase rent in retaliation against a tenant who has filed a complaint to the appropriate agency regarding the health and safety of the property, joined a tenant’s group, or exercised his/her legal right to withhold rent when the property is uninhabitable (Pennsylvania CSA 68-399-11).

Is there a rent increase limit?

The state of Pennsylvania does not legislate the amount that a landlord may increase rent.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

Although Pennsylvania legislation doesn’t specifically cover the amount of notice required to increase rent, it is generally held that the same amount of notice should be provided as that required to terminate tenancy.

How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

The state of Pennsylvania does not legislate the frequency with which rent may be increased.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

Although the state of Pennsylvania has no legislation regarding late fees, excessive fees may fall under the Pennsylvania Unfair and Deceptive Practices Act.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check fees

A Pennsylvania landlord may charge tenants no more than $50 when a payment is returned for insufficient funds unless the actual fees the landlord is charged exceed $50. If the actual fees charged the landlord exceed $50, the landlord may charge the tenant the cost of the fees.

Cities in the State With Rent Control

The state of Pennsylvania has no legislation regarding rent control. However, the state is considered a Dillon Rule state where local municipalities could be given the ability to establish ordinances controlling rent increases so long as the municipality can make a persuasive argument.