Pennsylvania school districts are cherry-picking apartment properties for "spot appeals" of property tax assessments. They ignore most under assessed properties in their districts and demand exorbitant tax increases from the ones they single out for appeal.
SB 41 and HB 871 propose a permanent change to the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow higher tax rates for properties used for business purposes in cities of the first class. Owners of apartment communities will be forced to either raise rents or cut services and postpone capital improvements. Raising the cost of taxes for residential rental properties would create uneven taxes and deter investment in much needed rental housing in Philadelphia.
New state tenant death law effective on january 1st, 2017
Rental owners take note: Pennsylvania's Landlord and Tenant Law changes as of January 1st, 2017. Act 116 of 2016 provides that if a tenant who was the sole tenant dies, the executor or administrator of the estate will have the option to terminate the lease upon fourteen days' written notice to the landlord on the later of the last day of the second calendar month that immediately follows the calendar month in which the tenant died, or upon surrender of the rental unit and removal of all personal property. The estate would still be liable for rent incurred prior to the date of the termination of the lease as well as costs for any damages. Copy of HB 447 (Act 116).