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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: March 8, 2019 03:09 PM
From: Senator Daniel Laughlin
To: All Senate members
Subject: Amending the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951

In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that will amend “The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951” (Act 20) to preempt localities from enacting legislation that infringes on private property rights.

Although the Landlord and Tenant Act covers much of the relationship between a landlord and a renter, there could be additional clarity to safeguard the current nature of the business relationship between the two parties.

This legislation would prevent a local government from enforcing a law that would attempt to control the rent a private property owner can charge. The legislation explicitly states that this will not inhibit local governments from managing their own residential properties. Also, a local government would be prevented from enacting a law that would infringe on a private property owner’s right to decline entering into a new lease at the end of a current lease.

Ultimately, this legislation will simply protect private property rights, as well as preserve basic contractual rights.

Please consider co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.