Pennsylvania Month-to-Month Lease Agreement

Last Updated: April 6, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

A Pennsylvania month-to-month lease agreement is a contract (written or oral) that allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, in exchange for a fee (“rent”), for a period of thirty days at a time. The agreement remains active until either party gives proper notice to end it.

Note: For fixed term leases in Pennsylvania (i.e., 1-year), click here.

How do Pennsylvania Month-to-Month Lease Agreements Work?

A landlord and tenant can enter into a month-to-month lease through a written contract or oral agreement. It does not have to be written.

Once the lease is active, both parties are given full rights under Pennsylvania landlord tenant law. This includes the landlord’s responsibility to provide a habitable living space, the tenant’s responsibility to pay rent in a timely manner and all other rights and responsibilities.

How Much Notice is Needed to End the Lease?

In Pennsylvania, either party may terminate a month-to-month lease agreement by giving at least 15 days’ notice if the tenancy is less than a year and 30 days’ notice if the tenancy is more than a year. 68 Pa. Stat. § 250.501

Notice must be provided in written form.

How Much Notice is Needed to Raise the 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 (15 days’ notice for tenancies less than a year, 30 days’ notice for tenancies more than a year) should be provided as that required to terminate tenancy.

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).

Notice should be provided in written form.

How are Month-to-Month Tenants Evicted in Pennsylvania?

After the landlord gives proper notice, and that period of time elapses, the lease expires and is no longer active.

If a tenant remains on the property after lease expiry, the landlord may move forward with the eviction process to remove the tenant by filing a complaint with the applicable county court in Pennsylvania. The process for eviction can be completed in 1-2 months, but can take longer depending on the circumstances.

For more information on the eviction process in Pennsylvania, click here.