Pennsylvania state law (68 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. §§ 250.205, 399.11) prohibits landlords from retaliating against tenants. It is illegal for a landlord to retaliate against a tenant in PA who has exercised a legal right, including:
- complaining to a government agency, such as a building or health inspector, about unsafe or illegal living conditions
- assembling and presenting your views collectively—for example, by joining or organizing a tenant union, or
- exercising a legal right allowed by your state or local law, such as withholding the rent for an uninhabitable unit.
Types of Retaliation That Are Against State Law:
- terminating a tenancy
- filing an eviction lawsuit
- increasing the rent or decreasing services, such as locking the laundry room.
For more information see:
- Landlord Retaliation article
- Tenant-Landlord Handbook (an overview of tenant rights under Pennsylvania landlord-tenant law, and resources for filing complaints)
- Fighting with Your Landlord? Know Your Rights as a Tenant (blogs.lawyers.com)
- Landlord/Tenant Legal Help Center Opens 1/30/12 | Philadelphia Bar Association | 1/23/12 (vinhsulaw.wordpress.com)
- Apartment Living Basics: Read the Lease and Releases (blogs.lawyers.com)
- Landlord/Tenant Legal Help Center Opens 1/30/12 | Philadelphia Bar Association | 1/23/12
- Horrible Landlord Fined $800K for Forcing Tenants to Live Among Rodents and Sewage (blogs.sfweekly.com)