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.

5/20/20

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.

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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.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScHjXEEFAiC15osXDNoGDNU5mg4maFMlA4XRHmM7pNFe_vkQA/viewform

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
www.sdhp.org

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

Link for the PA Attorney General letter
4/30/20

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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