Repairs & Security Deposit

Understand Repairs & Security Deposit in Pennsylvania


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ensured that tenants have the right to a decent place to live. This guarantee to decent rental housing is called the Implied Warranty of Habitability.

What is the Security Deposit

A security deposit is money that belongs to the tenant but held by the landlord for protection against damages. The tenant is responsible for the rental payments for the entire length of the lease. When the lease has expired, the tenant should have the security deposit returned to them minus any damages to the property.

Getting Your Security Deposit Back

Your landlord may retain some or all of the security deposit to make repairs for damage other than normal wear and tear. Your landlord can keep your security deposit to cover any unpaid rent at the end of the lease term. A security deposit may also be forfeited if you break the lease.

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