Evictions are a landlords worst nightmare. The ultimate goal is to avoid them by diligently screening your tenants. The sad truth is no matter how thoroughly you screen tenants every once and a while a tenant will break the lease. It is important that you do everything in your power to make the eviction process go as fast as possible. This starts with a solid lease. Every lease should contain the following phrase
"If Tenant breaches Lease for any reason, Landlord can begin eviction proceeding without written notice.
TENANT WAIVES OR GIVES UP TENANT’S RIGHT TO A NOTICE TO MOVE OUT."
Without this language in a lease a landlord in PA must give the tenant 10 day written notice of an the impending eviction. Essentially, the landlord needs to tape a notice to the door of the tenant saying that they have 10 days to resolve the issue or the landlord will start the eviction process. 10 days may sound insignificant but it isn't. If the tenant's rent is $900, 10 days represents 1/3 of a month or $300. Additionally, It is time consuming to type up a written notice and drive to the tenant's apartment to post it. Having a well written lease is critical to being a landlord. This is just one of many reasons why. If you have any questions about the lease you currently use don't hesitate to ask me at firstname.lastname@example.org.