Pennsylvania Eviction Notice Forms

Last Updated: January 3, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

A Pennsylvania eviction notice form for nonpayment of rent is a written document that states a tenant has 10 days to vacate the premises. Additionally, there are other notice forms for other possible grounds for eviction in Pennsylvania.

Types of Pennsylvania Eviction Notices

Each possible ground for eviction has its own notice type. Some notices allow the tenant to fix (“cure”) the issue and continue the tenancy, while others simply state an amount of time to vacate by.

Grounds Time Curable?
Unpaid Rent 10-Day No
Lease Violation 15/30-Day No
Lease Termination 15/30-Day No
Illegal Activity 10-Day No

10-Day Notice to Quit (Nonpayment of Rent)

A landlord is allowed to evict a tenant for failing to pay rent on time.

According to Pennsylvania law, rent is considered late the day after it’s due; grace periods, if any, are addressed in the lease or rental agreement.

Once rent is past due, the landlord must provide tenants with a 10-Day Notice to Quit if the landlord wants to file an eviction action with the court. This notice gives the tenant the option to move out of the rental unit within 10 days to avoid eviction.

If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.

The Eviction Notice for Nonpayment of Rent should include the total amount of past-due rent owed.

Get the downloadable 10-Day Eviction Notice for Nonpayment of Rent form template below (.pdf direct link).

15/30-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Compliance)

A tenant can be evicted in Pennsylvania if they do not uphold their responsibilities under the terms of a written lease or rental agreement.

The amount of notice landlords are required to give depends on the type of tenancy and length of time the tenant has resided in the rental unit.

For at-will tenants and tenants who have lived in the rental unit for less than one year, landlords must provide 15 days’ written notice. For tenants who have lived in the rental unit for one year or more, landlords must provide 30 days’ written notice.

Typical lease violations under this category could include things like damaging the rental property, having too many people residing in the rental unit, and having a pet when there’s a no-pet policy.

Note that illegal drug activity is not included in this category.

If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.

The notice should include the date the tenancy will terminate.

Get the downloadable 15/30-Day Eviction Notice for Noncompliance form template below (.pdf direct link).

15/30-Day Lease Termination Notice (No Lease/ End of Lease)

In the state of Pennsylvania, if tenants “hold over,” or stay in the rental unit after the rental term has expired, then the landlord must give tenants notice before evicting them. This can include tenants without a written lease and week-to-week and month-to-month tenants.

Often this type of eviction applies to tenants who are at the end of their lease and the landlord doesn’t want to renew.

The amount of time required in the notice depends on the length and type of tenancy.

  • At-Will Tenants – If tenants don’t have a set termination date for tenancy, landlords must provide a 15-Day Notice to Quit.
  • Less Than One Year – If tenants have resided in the rental unit for less than one year, landlords must provide them with a 15-Day Notice to Quit.
  • More Than One Year – If tenants have resided in the rental unit for one year or more, landlords must provide them with a 30-Day Notice to Quit.

If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period expires, the landlord may proceed with the eviction process.

The notice should include the date the tenancy will terminate.

Get the downloadable 15/30-Day Lease Termination Notice form template below (.pdf direct link).

10-Day Notice to Quit (Illegal Activity)

Tenants who are involved in illegal drug activity must be given 10 days’ notice prior to beginning an eviction action.

In Pennsylvania, illegal drug activity includes:

  • First conviction for illegal sale, manufacture, or distribution of a controlled substance.
  • Second violation of the Controlled Substances Act of 1972.
  • Seizure of illegal drugs from rental unit by law enforcement.

If the tenant remains on the property after the notice period expires, the landlord may continue with the eviction process.

The eviction notice should include the date the tenancy will terminate.

Get the downloadable 10-Day Eviction Notice for Illegal Activity form template below (.pdf direct link).

What to Include in Pennsylvania Eviction Notices

Pennsylvania law doesn’t specify what information is required for all eviction notices at the state level. However, it’s a good idea to include:

  • The date the tenancy will terminate;
  • The reason for the eviction; and
  • The tenant’s name and contact information.

The landlord will also want to get the tenant’s signature confirming that they received the eviction notice, if the notice was hand-delivered.

Delivering Eviction Notices in Pennsylvania

In the state of Pennsylvania, landlords can deliver an eviction notice through any of the following methods:

  • Giving it to the tenant in person;
  • Leaving a copy of the notice at the “principal” building on the rental property; or
  • Posting a copy in a conspicuous place at the rental unit.

Eviction Process in Pennsylvania

  1. An eviction notice is posted by the landlord to vacate or “cure” the issue.
  2. If uncured and tenant remains, the complaint is filed and served.
  3. A hearing is held and judgment issued.
  4. If an eviction is granted, a Writ of Possession is posted at the property, giving final notice to the tenant to remove their belongings.
  5. Finally, the sheriff returns possession of the property to the landlord.

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