PENNSYLVANIA

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Moving to Pennsylvania?

For those thinking about renting a house in Pennsylvania, the first step of the process is to decide whether you’ll cheer for the Philadelphia or the Pittsburgh teams. Just kidding, the first step is deciding where you’d like to live! Pennsylvania offers the colonial-style America of Philadelphia in the east, the industrious meeting of three rivers in Pittsburgh to the west, and the rolling hills and mountains of the central towns.

 

Philadelphia

Did you know that Philadelphia was actually America’s first capital? Although the city may not be the epicenter of federal government anymore, it still carries a rich history of the birth of the nation. The architecture of many neighborhoods and important landmarks hearken back to a time when Benjamin Franklin walked the streets, lending an air of history everywhere.

Of course, you can still stuff your face with the local delicacy of Philly Cheesesteak! You may want to burn off some of those calories by running up the steps of the Museum of Art, just like Rocky did in the famous film series.

Philadelphia offers all the charm of an old eastern city without the high prices of New York and Boston. Rent is comparatively cheap here, and while an amazing house may not be immediately forthcoming, with a little elbow grease, you can transform a so-so property into a house that dazzles.

Pittsburgh

Steel factories may come to mind when you think of Pittsburgh, but the truth is that the city has reinvented itself since the steel industry bottomed out. Home to numerous major league sports teams and the birthplace of Andy Warhol, the city has become the cultural hub of the Rust Belt. Clean air and a rousing nightlife help make the city a great under-the-radar destination.

Getting Ready

Before you make a move to Pennsylvania, it’s important to be aware of the rights with which the state empowers its renters. For example, there is no specific state law mandating that a landlord give twenty-hour hours notice prior to entering the property. This sort of stipulation, as well as who will be responsible to pay which utilities, is generally laid out in the lease agreement. Read any lease thoroughly, and keep a copy handy when you rent a house in Pennsylvania.

Between the two major urban centers, the easy country living of central Pennsylvania is easy to fall in love with. With an affordable cost of living and convenient access to the city, it’s a win-win. Overall, Pennsylvania is a great place to find a house or townhome.

Renter Resources

Renting Codes and Helpful State Tenant Protections                         

Local Government's Department of Housing Resources                               

Pennsylvania Tax Overview          

Transportation in Pennsylvania                      

Pennsylvania Education                         

Pennsylvania Newcomer's Guide  

Tenant Rights and Regulations in Pennsylvania                        

Pennsylvania Division of Motor Vehicles                            

Pennsylvania Voter Registration