Even when there is no written lease between a landlord and a tenant, there is still a tenancy. As a result, landlords may evict tenants in Pennsylvania even if there is no formal agreement between the parties. In Pennsylvania, landlords may evict tenants for a number of reasons, most commonly for failure to pay rent.
In Pennsylvania, a landlord may evict a residential tenant for failure to pay rent or habitual late payment of rent, destruction or damage willfully made to the rental property, habitual disorderly conduct, violations of terms of the agreement of the parties or if the tenant is convicted of a drug offense.
A landlord must first give a tenant written notice of a lease violation, even when a lease is oral and unwritten. If the tenant fails to correct the situation, the landlord may then file an eviction lawsuit with the court. Additionally, Pennsylvania law requires tenants and landlords to be represented by attorneys during eviction matters.
Where the tenant has an oral rather than a written lease and the eviction is for failure to pay rent, then the tenant must be given 10 days' notice to vacate the property. For other lease violations, 15 days’ notice must be given if the lease term is for one year or less, and 30 days' notice if the lease term is for more than one year. Pennsylvania law requires the eviction notice to be hand delivered or posted in a conspicuous place at the leased premises, for example, nailed to the front door. Notice by any kind of mail is not sufficient.