Tenant/Landlord Rights & Responsibilities Manual

The Fair Housing Center at LHOP
123 East King Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
Phone: (717) 291-9945, ext. 7
E-mail: info@LHOP.org

The Fair Housing Center at Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership, as a public service, has prepared a manual for tenants and landlords. This manual is not intended as a substitute for proper legal advice.

Click here to download a copy, or to receive one by the mail, call 717-291-9945, ext. 7.  

Discrimination in housing was outlawed by Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, which prohibited housing discrimination in the sale, rental, lease, or financing of a house or dwelling.

The Fair Housing Program of the Lancaster County Human Relations Commission was established in 1982. Its function was to help prevent discrimination through education and outreach. In 2011, Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership contracted with the County of Lancaster, the City of Lancaster, and Lancaster County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities and began educating Lancastrians on fair housing law.

This book will help to guide you through a successful renting experience by providing general information and law as it pertains to the rental of a residential property. Keep in mind that you may have rights available to you if you own a manufactured house or lease a commercial space that are different than the rights discussed in this manual.

The Fair Housing Center at LHOP receives many calls from individuals regarding housing concerns that could have been avoided if individuals knew their rights and responsibilities.

The best advice to prospective renters is: “Get everything in writing, and please, read your lease and understand it before you sign it.” 

The best advice to landlords is: “Give everything to the prospective tenant in writing and treat all tenants the same.”

The Fair Housing Center at LHOP is here to be of assistance to renters and landlords. If you have any questions, feel free to contact their office at (717) 291-9945, ext. 7.