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… read more »
Residential Landlords: How Old Is Your Lease?
When was the last time you updated your lease? You may be missing important protections or unknowingly violating the Landlord Tenant Act, Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act, or even the Plain Language Consumer Contract Law. Violating those laws can result in lawsuits brought by tenants, the Pennsylvania Attorney General, or could even invalidate a lease completely. Evictions and other litigation can be irritating, time consuming, and expensive. An updated lease can help to make the process faster, cheaper, and easier. It can also provide some important protections to you as the landlord. Contact Attorney Hunter Schenck at [email protected]… read more »