PA Lease & Law Handbook September 2015

The Lease & Law Handbook is a must-have for leasing agents, managers and rental owners. It provides answers and resources for all things landlord-tenant in Pennsylvania- right at your fingertips! The book is available to members for $99 per book, or just $49 per book if you order three or more. The handbook explains every clause of the PA/NAA lease, contains articles about common problems, has a complete description of the PA Landlord Tenant Act, and includes valuable sample forms. To order yours today, fill out and submit form

Don't forget that as a member of PAA, you also have free online access to the handbook! To view the book online go to www.paallbook.com and use the following access codes:
 
Board Members User Name: BoardPAA
Password: apt19004
 
Owner Members User Name: MemberPAA
Password: 515apt
 
Associate Members User Name: AssocPAA
Password: apt610
 
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Pennsylvania Apartment Association shared about Spot Appeals and C02 Alarm Law  on May 31, 2015

Spot Appeals Update/C02 Alarm Law

Pennsylvania Apartment Association shared this Domestic Violence Tenant Rights update on April 15, 2015 

Domestic Violence Tenants Rights Amendment 498

Summary of Domestic Violence Amendment

 

Pennsylvania Apartment Association posted this on December 5, 2014

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS PROTECTED:  No Penalty to Owner or Resident for Summoning Emergency Help

A new PA state law, effective in January 2015, will prohibit municipalities from penalizing rental owners or residents for summoning police or emergency help.

An infamous case in Norristown involving a rental resident who was a victim of domestic violence motivated State Representative Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) to introduce the legislation. Over 30 municipalities throughout the Commonwealth have similar "three strikes" ordinances.  Aside from unjustly penalizing citizens for summoning their public servants for help, such ordinances place rental owners in an impossible situation.
Under Act 200 of 2014, municipalities are prohibited from penalizing residents, tenants or landlords for contacts to police or emergency assistance by or on behalf of abuse victims, or victims of crime, if the contact is made because of a reasonable belief that intervention is needed in response, or to prevent an incident.

 

Pennsylvania Apartment Association posted this on January 17, 2014

New Statewide Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements NOW In Effect     Beginning in June 2015, all apartment units and multifamily dwellings in Pennsylvania will be required by law to include carbon monoxide alarms within the vicinity of the units' bedrooms. On December 18, 2013, Governor Tom Corbett signed Act Number 121, which requires any such facilities that use fossil fuel-burning appliances or have an attached garage, to install a centrally located and approved carbon monoxide alarm near bedrooms and the fossil fuel-burning appliance. The Act became effective immediately and allows 18 months for owners and management to put the proper devices in place.

The Act lists owner responsibilities including maintenance and repair requirements. The Pennsylvania Apartment Association was instrumental in having occupant responsibilities included in the Act as well. These responsibilities put the onus of device upkeep and battery replacement on rental residents during their occupancies.  Residents must also replace the actual device if it is lost, stolen, removed, or found to be broken, during their occupancies. Additionally, residents must notify the owner in writing if the device is found to be insufficient or defective.

This morning we attended a press conference at the Langhorne-Middletown Fire Company in Bucks County at which State Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks) spoke about the importance of this law. One hundred free carbon monoxide alarms, supplied by Kidde Company, were distributed to the community. Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers was also in attendance.

Click here to read how the Act states the term "approved carbon monoxide alarm."