Pennsylvania 15 Day Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: January 30, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

A Pennsylvania 15 Day Notice To Vacate is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to terminate periodic tenancies (e.g., month-to-month) and tenancies with a term of one (1) year or less. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least fifteen (15) calendar days before the date of termination.

When To Use a Pennsylvania 15 Day Notice To Vacate

A Pennsylvania 15-Day Notice To Vacate may be used to terminate the following types of tenancy:

  • A lease with a term of one (1) year or less
  • Any periodic tenancy (e.g., week-to-week or month-to-month), regardless of length
  • Rental situations with no written lease
  • Tenancies of one (1) year or less on an expired lease

Some types of Pennsylvania lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.

How To Write a Pennsylvania 15 Day Notice To Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Vacate:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving party, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  4. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  5. Print name and sign the notice
  6. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Serve a Pennsylvania 15 Day Notice To Vacate

Pennsylvania landlords and tenants may deliver a Notice To Vacate using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. Posting at a conspicuous place on the premises, such as the entry door
  3. Leaving the notice at the principal building on the premises

In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.