Pennsylvania Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

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The Pennsylvania month-to-month rental agreement allows a tenant to rent from a landlord for one month at a time with no end date. The landlord will collect monthly rent payments from the tenant for the use of their residential property.

Pennsylvania landlords and tenants may want to use a month-to-month lease agreement for its short-term nature and ease of termination. A fixed-term lease may convert to a month-to-month agreement if the landlord and tenant desire to continue on that basis after the fixed-term expires.

Pennsylvania Notice Requirements for Month-to-Month Lease Termination

A Pennsylvania  month-to-month lease allows either party to terminate the agreement by giving 30-days written notice.

Rent Control in Pennsylvania

There is no rent control law in Pennsylvania. After a lease expires, a landlord can raise the rent to any amount the landlord wants. Rent increases are not limited unless the lease has a renewal option that limits the amount for an increase.

If a landlord wants to increase the rent on a month-to-month lease agreement, the landlord should give the tenant a minimum of 15 days’ notice. If the tenant has a lease that is longer than one year, then the written notice given for a rent increase should be 30 days. 

Some cities have different rules for this. For example, Philadelphia requires 60 days notice for a rent increase on leases that are longer than one year and 30 days notice for a rent increase on leases that are less than one year or month-to-month agreements (section PC 9-804).