It’s necessary to provide the correct type of Pennsylvania eviction notice to the tenant you’re removing from your property. If you don’t, the eviction could be overturned or take significantly longer to complete.
You must give your tenant the precise legal document for the situation, detailing a valid legal reason for the eviction under PA statutes. This will also affect how long you must give the resident as notice before they have to leave the property.
As seen below, there are a few different options in Pennsylvania when completing an eviction.
10-Day Notice to Quit (Non-Payment)
If a tenant doesn’t comply with the rental payment schedule, the landlord may present them with a 10-Day Notice to Quit (PA. Act. of 1951 § 250.501(d), 250.505(a)). This obliges them to pay rent or quit within the time given.
If the tenant complies and pays the rent then the notice will be nullified. If they refuse to pay or vacate the property the landlord will be able to pursue the matter further through the courts.
15-Day Notice to Quit
In the case of a lease violation, the landlord may issue a 15-Day Notice to Quit for Non-Compliance (PA Statutes § 250.501-b). This will give the tenant a period of time to correct the breach or oblige them to leave the property.
This kind of notice can also be used unconditionally to terminate a lease that is due to expire. However, you can only issue a 15-Day Notice to Quit for any reason if the lease is due to last less than one year. If the contract is longer than 12 months, you will need a 30-Day Notice to Quit instead.
30-Day Notice to Quit
If tenants have a lease agreement that lasts over 1 year and they commit any violations, the landlord may issue them with a 30-Day Notice to Quit.
Like the 15-Day notice, these documents allow the tenant to correct the issue within the notice period to avoid leaving the property. Additionally, an unconditional version of the 30-Day notice can also be used to terminate a lease.