What Are Best Practices for Landlords in Pittsburgh?
October 31, 2011 9:43 AM Subscribe
I am buying a 3-family house. One unit has tenants. This is in Pittsburgh, PA. What do I need to know?
posted by amicamentis to law & government (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, good news is we bought a house. It's a large house with three individual units. The current tenants rent the 2nd unit and have been there for quite some time (I have not met them. I think there are two of them, men, older). They pay what I consider to be a low amount for what they are renting. They have been month-to-month since the homeowner died in September 2010.
My question: what are some good resources to handle having tenants? I would want to know generally (US) and specifically (PA or Pittsburgh). I have only rented before. We are planning on taking a Nolo guide out of the library but beyond that I don't know of the best way to learn the ins and outs. I would want to know specific answers to the following questions:
- How much can we raise the rent once we close on the house?
- How much notice do we need to provide to go into the apartment?
- What situations are we able to go into the apartment immediately?
- What do we need to provide them if we decide to do renovations?
- What if they want a security deposit back? Is that our responsibility?
So any help with those questions, potential problems I haven't thought of, liabilities, etc would be awesome. Anecdotes and personal stories welcomed!