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When you must end your lease early, it's generally because the tenant doesn't produce the rent payment on the payment date. However, you may need to repair the rental property, so a Pennsylvania lease termination letter is crucial here. Let's learn what to include and where to find one.

Lease Termination Letter

A lease termination is the legal document you use to stop a month-to-month lease in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania laws require at least 15 days' notice, but you don't have to give notice to end the agreement on its end date.

Proper Notice

To terminate a monthly agreement, you must give a 30-day notice before the effective date. However, if the lease is longer than one month and has a renewal option, you must give a 30 days' notice before the termination date to tell the tenant you're not renewing the lease.

State Laws

Lease termination is possible without penalty for these reasons:

  • Breach of the lease agreement, such as not paying on the payment date
  • Military duty
  • A handful of others

Landlord Notice

Pennsylvania notice requirements state that a landlord must give the tenant notice that they wish to terminate the tenancy so that the tenant has time to vacate the rental property.

Penalties

If you don't provide notice, you could face:

  • Automatic extension of the current lease terms
  • Court proceedings
  • Financial penalties
  • Legal fees

Termination of Tenancy

If there are no specific terms, state law requires you to give 15 days notice at least.

Termination of Tenancy with Specific Term

You should provide a 30-day notice if you're terminating a monthly or yearly agreement. However, you don't have to send this document if the end date of the fixed-term lease is coming up.

What to Include

It's important to have a legally compliant termination letter, so you must follow the steps below:

  1. Include the tenant(s) full name(s).
  2. Put the termination date you wish.
  3. Include the address of the property. This consists of lot numbers, building descriptions, neighborhood descriptions, and anything else that was included in the original lease.
  4. Provide contact information.
  5. Sign, date, and print your name.
  6. Send it to the recipient via certified mail or through a certificate of service company. This will ensure that you get a receipt for proof that you followed the rules to terminate the tenants.

Build Your Own

A lease termination letter is crucial when you want to remove a tenant from the property with no rental agreement or before it ends. DoorLoop has these three options to assist:

eSignature

If you are terminating your lease and need the tenant to sign, or you want to sign a new lease with a new tenant, you want to make the process as easy and efficient as possible.

With DoorLoop, you can get your agreemenets eSigned in a few seconds. You can also get to the eSignature step much faster by creating reusable templates that are autofilled with tenants' information.

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Conclusion

Do you need to initiate a Pennsylvania lease termination? It's crucial to do so legally, and there are rules at the state and federal levels. It's generally wise to use a comprehensive form like the ones found at DoorLoop!

FAQs

How Should I Deliver the Lease Termination Letter?

You can send the lease termination letter by certified mail to get a receipt once it's delivered. Alternatively, you may get a certificate of service signed by whoever delivers the document.

Can I Break the Lease Agreement Early with a Pennsylvania Lease Termination?

Yes, you can send a lease termination if the tenant has not sent a rent payment for a while or refuses to pay rent. However, you may also want to pair this with the eviction process to recoup your money legally.

Do I Require a Termination Letter for a Month-to-Month Agreement?

You might require one if the agreement doesn't have an end date on your contract.

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David Bitton

David is the co-founder & CMO of DoorLoop, a best-selling author, legal CLE speaker, and real estate investor. When he's not hanging with his three children, he's writing articles here!