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PRINTER'S NO. 3554
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
2404
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY ISAACSON, LEE, MURT, HOHENSTEIN, BRIGGS, DALEY,
A. DAVIS, DEASY, DELLOSO, DONATUCCI, FRANKEL, GALLOWAY,
HANBIDGE, HILL-EVANS, KENYATTA, KIM, MARKOSEK, McCLINTON,
MERSKI, OTTEN, RABB, RAVENSTAHL, ROZZI, SANCHEZ, SCHWEYER,
WEBSTER, WILLIAMS AND GAINEY, APRIL 14, 2020
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON URBAN AFFAIRS, APRIL 14, 2020
AN ACT
Amending the act of April 6, 1951 (P.L.69, No.20), entitled "An
act relating to the rights, obligations and liabilities of
landlord and tenant and of parties dealing with them and
amending, revising, changing and consolidating the law
relating thereto," in preliminary provisions, providing for
effect of declaration of disaster emergency.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. The act of April 6, 1951 (P.L.69, No.20), known
as The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951, is amended by adding a
section to read:
Section 106. Effect of Declaration of Disaster Emergency .--
(a) It shall be deemed unlawful for a landlord to do any of the
following during a disaster emergency declared by the Governor
under 35 Pa.C.S. ยง 7301(c) (relating to general authority of
Governor) due to an epidemic or pandemic:
(1) Evict or attempt to evict a tenant unemployed, separated
from employment or unable to find employment as a result of the
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declaration of disaster emergency.
(2) Without the express consent of the tenant, enter the
leased premises for purposes of showing the premises to
prospective buyers or tenants.
(b) A landlord found to be in violation of this section
shall be subject to a penalty of not less than five hundred
dollars ($500) per occurrence.
(c) This section shall apply only to residential leaseholds
and not to commercial leaseholds.
Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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