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Pennsylvania Eviction Notice Forms | Process and Laws

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The Pennsylvania eviction notice forms are the first step a landlord has to take in order to begin an eviction process. A landlord must provided the required notice and wait the required amount of time before seeking assistance in the Local Magisterial or Municipal Court. Once the notice period has expired, landlord may file a Complaint and receive a hearing date. The Complaint will then need to be served on tenant. If, after the hearing or if tenant fails to show up at the hearing, the judge issues a judgement in favor of the landlord, the landlord can ask the court to issue an Order of Possession, which will require tenant to move out within fifteen days or be forced out of the premises.

LawsChapter 500 (Actions for the Recovery of Possession of Real Property)

Notices By Type

10-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Payment) – This notice is to inform tenant that they are behind in their rent and that they have ten days to either pay the outstanding amount or vacate the premises.

10-Day Notice to Quit (Illegal Drugs) – This form is for use when a tenant has been engaging in the use of illegal drugs.

15/30 Day Notice to Quit (NonCompliance) – This form is for use when a tenant is violating the terms of the lease other than non-payment of rent. The fifteen (15) days is for tenants that have been on the property a year or less and the thirty (30) days is meant for those that have been renting for over a full year.

30-Day Notice to Quit (Month to Month Tenancy) – There is no State requirement for how much time a landlord or tenant is to be given for terminating a tenancy at will. Therefore it should be the required time in the lease contract or the standard norm of thirty (30) days.

When is Rent Due

Rent is due on the date specified in the lease. Landlord may give notice to tenant that he will seek further action if the tenant doesn’t pay within ten days of the notice.

How to Evict (Process)

Step 1 – Before a landlord can go to court to have a tenant evicted, he must provide notice as provided by Pennsylvania law, to inform tenant that he or she is in violation of the lease or that a month-to-month tenancy will not be renewed. Notice gives the tenant time to either rectify the problem or to vacate the premises. The different types of notices are as follows:

Step 2 – If tenant fails to respond appropriately to the notice provided by landlord, landlord may then go to court to seek to have tenant evicted. Landlord must go to the court in the county or municipality in which the property is located. Use the Court Directory and the Landlord will then need to file a Complaint. The court will set a hearing date after it has been filed.

Step 3 – At the hearing, both sides will have a chance to present their case. If there is a judgment in favor of the landlord, landlord can seek an Order of Possession after ten (10) days, which will require tenant to move out within ten days or be forced out of the premises.