Your lease or rental agreement should spell out your landlord’s key rent rules, including:
Pennsylvania state laws do not cover most of these rent-related issues.
Pennsylvania state law does not cover late fees. If your lease or rental agreement does not say anything about late fees, your landlord may not impose one, no matter how reasonable it is.
Pennsylvania landlords may not raise the rent in a discriminatory manner—for example, only for members of a certain race. Also, Pennsylvania landlords may not use a rent increase in retaliation against you for exercising a legal right—for example, in response to your legitimate complaint to a local housing agency about a broken heater.
States set specific rules and procedures for ending a tenancy when a tenant has not paid the rent. Pennsylvania landlords must give tenants at least ten days in which to pay the rent or move. If the tenant does neither, the landlord can file for eviction.
For an overview of tenant rights when it comes to paying rent under Pennsylvania landlord-tenant law, see http://tenant.net/Other_Areas/Penn/harris/pa-toc.html.
For Pennsylvania laws on termination for nonpayment of rent, see 68 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 250.501(b).
See the Laws and Legal Research section of Nolo for advice on finding and reading statutes and court decisions.