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Landlords Should Have Written Leases

access_time Posted on: February 24th, 2022

Protect Your Interests with a Written Lease

It can be tempting to rely upon an oral lease and Pennsylvania does allow for the existence of oral leases. Landlords might wish to save initial costs and time by skipping a written lease but doing so can end up costing much more and leave landlords without important protections. For example, a landlord cannot recover attorneys fees from a tenant if there is no written lease.

Some of the most important items that can protect a landlord in a residential lease include the waiver of certain notices that are otherwise required. A written lease also identifies the tenants, property, rent, and other important provisions. Many of these provisions can expedite the eviction process and help it to go more smoothly. 

However, there are certain things that must not be included in a residential lease in Pennsylvania as well as notices that may be required depending upon the age of the property. Residential leases and landlords must comply with the Landlord Tenant Act, Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, and the Plain Language Consumer Contract Law.  

For help with residential leases and other landlord/tenant issues, contact Attorney Hunter Schenck at hschenck@cgalaw.com or using the CGA online question feature to set up a consultation with Attorney Schenck.

CGA Law Firm Attorney; Hunter Schenk

Hunter B. Schenck

Attorney

Hunter B. Schenck provides legal services to individuals and businesses in the area of litigation.

Hunter is ranked as 2021 and 2022 Super Lawyer Rising Star. She is an active member of the York County Bar Association and serves as a member of the Social, Membership, and Law Day Committees. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the York County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and a member of the Herbert Cohen Inn of Court. Hunter was a member of the 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2022 Bar Stools Casts. Hunter is a member of the Penn State Law Alumni Board, the Penn State York Women’s Philanthropic Network, and a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association.

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