We will do our best to post the most up to date information that is available, please understand that many of the changes happen quickly. We also send important updates via email as well.


Eviction Moratorium Explained
On Friday, September 4, 2020, a new, expanded eviction moratorium went into effect with the aim of preventing millions of renters from being evicted due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Ordered by the Trump Administration, the mandate was issued through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as those without housing stability are at a higher risk of contracting or spreading the COVID-19 virus. This action delays but does not prevent evictions. When the new year starts, the renter will still owe the landlord the full amount of rent, potentially thousands of dollars. The landlord can ask for this money to be paid in full and start the eviction process. Right now, there is nothing in place to help the tenants pay their rent, nor is there anything to help landlords pay their mortgages. It is also important to state that this moratorium is only for renters and does not offer the same support for homeowners.

The moratorium is set to run through December 31 of this year, offer-ing legal protections for renters. If you are a renter – in an apartment, house, or mobile home – you are protected by the eviction moratorium through the end of the year. Here are the requirements that must be met to qualify: You are unable to pay your rent due to a coronavirus-related job loss or income reduction. You qualified for a direct stimulus payment under the CARES Act or expect to earn less than $99,000 in 2020, or $198,000 if filing a joint tax return. You have made an effort to get avail-able government assistance to cover rent, available to you or a household member You can demonstrate that your inability to pay is because of financial hardship due to COVID-19, that you have made your best efforts to make timely partial payments, and that you would likely become home-less if you were evicted You must print out and sign the declaration. To invoke the CDC’s order, you must provide the declaration to your land lord, owner of the residential property where you live, or other person who has a right to have you evicted. Each adult listed on the lease, rental agreement, or housing contract should likewise complete and provide a declaration Read the CDC’s moratorium declaration here.
Read a more detailed description of what the moratorium means for renters here.


Housing Resources:
Fair Housing and COVID-19

Greetings!  We wanted to reach out to you to provide additional support during this complicated time.  We know that the housing world is changing right now in response to COVID-19.  As a non-profit working to provide resources and training, Self-Determination Housing of Pennsylvania (SDHP) is dedicated to increasing access to housing for people with disabilities.  In order to do that, we’re committed to helping you through that process.   

We’ve gathered several important resources that we hope you’ll find helpful.  We encourage you to share them with your resident service coordinators or case managers who interact with tenants in your communities.  We also offer training directly to landlords and property managers.  Please contact us if you would like more information.  

COVID-19 related resources that may be of use to you and/or your tenants from PA Health Advocacy Network (PHAN): 

COVID-19 related resources that may be of use to you and/or your tenants from Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA):

Fair Housing Resources

Please reach out to SDPH if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about how we can work together.


Three bills have been introduced addressing the issue of” Business Interruption Insurance”.    With many policies a virus is an exclusion to the coverage.   These bills address the COVID-19 as a pandemic, a national emergency.  The intent is for insurance carriers to cover losses for interruption of rental housing activity due to this issue.

SB 1114-Hughes SB 1127-Iovino HB 2372-Dermody They are not moving well.
HB 2412-Polinchock–This allows for real estate activities, virtual notary and settlements to restart.  Gov. did not sign However, on May 19, Gov. restarted these activities with guidelines.
HB 1564 also addresses online notary services and signatures.
HB 2427-Gaydos– A landlord/tenant bill addressing security deposits.  This gives tenants 3 options for giving a  security deposits.

  1. Cash payment ( as we typically do now).
  2.  A payment plan with not less than 3 payments.
  3.  A tenant insurance plan.
  4. This is a bill that we are watching closely.  We have contacted Rep. Gaydos with our concerns.  Mainly, when a tenant moves into the unit, they will probably forget to make the payments, or pay premiums on an insurance plan.
  5. Senator Killion and Rep. Harris have both introduced bills addressing rental assistance for tenants. These bills have the rent going directly to landlords on behalf of the tenants.    We are supporting these bills at the state level.  We are also supporting the “Emergency Rental and Rental Market Stabilization Act” on the federal level.
  6. We feel that rental assistance is a solution to some of the issues presented by the “stay at home” scenario.
  7. PROA has filed a “King’s Bench Petition” to the Supreme Court of PA.  This petition address the extended closing of the lower courts, which discontinues the eviction process until July 10, 2020.    The petition states that Gov. Wolf does not have the authority to amend the judicial system, only the courts have that authority. We were to have an answer on Monday, May 18,2010.  However, another response was issued which delays the results. We would like to get the MDJs open earlier for evictions. A request for an amendment to the moratorium on evictions was sent to the Gov. office.   It asks to allow evictions for health & safety, also for those that were started before the shutdown.  Not all evictions are for non-payment of rents.
  8. This has been a very busy time, with many virtual meetings and updates.  We have been working diligently to remind legislators and others that rental housing is a vital component of the economy.  Rental housing supports many other industries such as construction, landscaping, electricians, and suppliers.   Not to mention taxes and insurance.  Losing rents has a domino effect.
  9. We have also been monitoring the ordinances proposed by Phila. City Council.   What happens in Phil. first has a way of spreading throughout the state. PROA, NREIA and CARPOA continue to address federal, state and local issues that impact the rental housing industry.


If you missed the special meeting on May 12th use the link to watch it.

Zoom meeting featuring David Lanza “Carlisle, COVID and More” The password is: 9l*!!G3j (click the link to watch)

To our partners across the Commonwealth,

We at  Self Determination Housing of Pennsylvania would also like to take a moment to thank all of those who continue to work and serve others during the Covid-19 pandemic and acknowledge how uncertain and unsettling this time is for everyone across the state. Because of your efforts, our communities continue to move forward. 

As we work toward best serving housing needs through advocacy, training, and resource sharing, we have created a short Pennsylvania Housing and Disabilities Needs Assessment survey for our stakeholders and community partners. From landlords and property managers to social service providers and government organizations and to everyone in between, we would greatly appreciate your feedback by filling out the survey below. Your input is so valuable and will help inform the work we do moving forward.


To a healthier and more just tomorrow, 

SDHP Team Self-Determination Housing of Pennsylvania
261 Old York Rd, Ste 321A
Jenkintown, PA 19046
(610) 873-9595

Letter from the Attorney General of PA for Landlords and tenants.

Link for the PA Attorney General letter


Advice on how to virtually continue to do business in PA

April 2020
Under the Financial Services Industry, Real Estate Rental and Leasing sector, both groups for lessors of Real Estate and Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers are to remain closed for in person activities. You may continue to;
Show available units virtually by Skype or other electronic means. Execute leases electronically, or remotely.  Attached is an Addendum that you may want to use when an applicant has not seen the unit.
Once a lease has been agreed to, they are now an existing tenant, so you may give them access to a vacant unit by lockbox, or giving a key remotely.  This is no longer a leasing activity, but an administrative service to building or dwelling.
Under Professional and Business Services, Services to Buildings and Dwellings Industry Group, a note has been added that janitorial, pest control and landscaping services are specifically allowed.  That section does not specifically say if you can or cannot provide access to an existing tenant, but believe it is a reasonable and necessary part of building services.

Addendum to lease before tenant views the property