Rental Reference for Landlords & Owners


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This page provides property owners a reference of local laws and regulations involving rental property. Further information on these laws is available from the State College Division of Health and Neighborhood Services, 243 South Allen Street, State College, PA. The telephone number is (814) 234-7191.
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Dogs


All dogs are required to be licensed annually and given a rabies vaccine every 3 years. Dogs off the owner’s property must be on a leash and are not permitted to run free. Owners of dogs are responsible for removing their dog’s feces on all public and private property as well as complying with the Borough’s barking ordinance. Fines can be issued for non-compliance.

Dog licenses may be obtained from the Centre County Treasurer's Office any time of the year and at the State College Municipal Building from January through October of each year.

Dog bites must be reported to the Neighborhood and Community Services Department at 814-234-7191 or the State College Police Department at (814)-234-7150 as soon as possible so that the animal can be quarantined
for observation.

Excessive Noise

 
Noise disturbances are a serious problem in the Borough neighborhoods and excessive noise that can be heard off of the property of the noise source is too loud and must be turned down. Fines can be levied for violations. The full Noise Control Ordinance can be found at www.statecollegepa.us under Borough Codes. 

Questions regarding these laws should be directed to the Police Department at 814-234-7150.

Fair Housing


The State College Fair Housing Ordinance guarantees fair housing and public accommodations practices. Protection is provided based on the following categories: race, color, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, source of income, disability or handicap, presence of a service animal (public accommodations) or support animal (housing and real estate-related transactions), pregnancy, birth of a child or marital or familial status.

For more information, contact the Department of Planning and Community Development at 814-234-7109.

Fire Extinguishers


Every rental unit shall have a hand operated 2.5 pound type ABC portable fire extinguisher placed in the kitchen area of each dwelling unit. The extinguisher is to be inspected annually and shall be mounted in the kitchen area no higher than 5 feet from the floor to the top of the extinguisher and located away from the stove. In non-sprinklered apartment buildings, as defined by the Building Code, a 5-pound type ABC fire extinguisher shall also be
provided in corridors.

Questions on fire extinguishers should be directed to the Centre Region Code Administration at 814-234-3812.

Junk Vehicles


Vehicles not displaying a valid registration (license plate) and/or valid inspection sticker are not permitted to be kept or stored outside of buildings for more than 30 days.

Questions regarding junk vehicles should be directed to the Zoning Officer at 814-234-7190.

Lawn Parking


Parking a motor vehicle on a lawn or landscaped area outside authorized parking areas is prohibited in all areas of the Borough. This includes private property. Owners of one and two-family rental properties are required to provide parking spaces for their tenants.

Questions regarding lawn parking violations should be directed to the Parking Department at 814-278-4769 and questions regarding the number of spaces and authorized parking areas should be directed to the Zoning Officer at or 814-234-7190.

Occupancy of Rental Units


In one and two family rental units, zoning occupancy regulations limit the number of non-related persons. Questions regarding occupancy in one and two family rental units should be directed to the Zoning Officer at (814) 234-7109.

Occupancy in all other rental units is based on the square footage of the units. Questions regarding these units should be directed to the Centre Region Code Administration Office at (814) 231-3056.

Open Burning


Burning outdoors is permitted for recreational purposes but ONLY when using an approved container. Cordwood, 3- hour logs, and charcoal are the only acceptable materials which may be used for burning. Fires must be contained within the diameter of the container. Campfires and bonfires are prohibited. Gas and charcoal grills can be used for outdoor cooking.

Questions regarding open burning and permits should be directed to the State College Division of Health and Neighborhood Services at (814) 234-7191.

Person-In-Charge (PIC)


Rental Property owners are required to appoint a person-in-charge for their rental properties and notify the Centre Region Code Administration as to who that person is and the contact information. Property owners who live within
25 air miles of State College may act as their own person-in-charge. Property owners who live further away must appoint someone who is local and is 25 years of age or older.

Persons-in-charge are required to notify the property owner of any violations, provide tenants with written information on local ordinances and maintain a signed copy of the tenant notification. Persons-in-charge must also ensure compliance with the zoning occupancy limits.

Click here to assign or change a person-in-charge for your rental property.

Tenant information pamphlets are available from the State College Division of Health and Neighborhood Services by calling (814) 234-7191 and are available online.

Recycling


State law mandates that residents recycle selected material and failure to recycle may result in fines. Rental property owners need to remind their tenants to recycle.

Questions regarding recycling should be directed to the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority at (814) 238-7005 or the State College Division of Health and Neighborhood Services at (814) 234-7191.

Refuse


Borough ordinance requires all household refuse to be bagged and stored in appropriate containers. The ordinance requires properties to be maintained free of accumulated refuse and provides for fines for those in violation. Party materials such as cans, cups, bottles, etc. should be cleaned up immediately after a party or other event. Person(s) who accumulate refuse will be held responsible for its cleanup. When the person(s) are not known, then the property owner will be held responsible.

Questions regarding the ordinance should be directed to the Division of Health and Neighborhood Services at (814) 234-7191. Questions about refuse collection should be directed to the Public Works Department at (814) 234-7135.

Self-reported violations shall not be used as an opportunity to avoid nuisance property points from being assigned to a property.

Rental Housing and Property Maintenance


All rental housing in the Borough is required to have a rental permit and is regulated by the Centre Region Building Safety & Property Maintenance Code. This code requires the property owner to maintain the structure in a safe and sanitary condition. Occupants are required to maintain those areas they occupy in a clean and sanitary condition. Failure to maintain the property may result in a citation and fines.

Questions about the codes should be directed to the Centre Region Code Administration at (814) 231-3056. Questions regarding sanitation may be directed to the State College Division of Health and Neighborhood Services at (814) 234-7191.

Rental Housing Permit Suspension


Rental housing that causes a nuisance in a neighborhood by violating local ordinances and state laws may have the rental housing permit suspended. Violations are assigned a point value and when 10 points accumulate at a rental property, the suspension process is initiated.

Questions regarding the permit suspension process may be directed to the Neighborhood and Community Services Department at 814-234-7191. A listing of nuisance property points assigned to a property can be viewed at
www.statecollegepa.us/393/View-Points-Assigned-Pending.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors


Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are required to be installed and maintained in all rental units. For current requirements, contact the Centre Region Code Administration at (814)-234-3812

Snow Removal


All snow and ice must be removed from the full length and width of the sidewalks and sidewalks and must be cleared at the intersections to allow for the safe crossing of pedestrians and wheelchairs within 24 hours after the snow stops falling. If the sidewalks are not cleared, fines may be levied against the property owner and in addition, the Borough can make arrangements for the sidewalks to be cleared at the property owner’s
expense.

Questions regarding snow removal should be directed to the Neighborhood and Community Services Department at 814-234-7191.

Self-reported violations shall not be used as an opportunity to avoid nuisance property points from being assigned to a property.

Tenant Notification


State College Borough ordinance requires that the property owner/person-in-charge notify all tenants at least annually of Borough ordinance requirements and provide information on who to contact should there be an unresolved maintenance/safety/health problem in the unit.

Questions regarding tenant notification should be directed to the State College Health Department at (814) 234-7191.

Unsanitary Conditions


Property Owners/Person’s in Charge needing help with unsanitary conditions caused by tenants may call the Housing Hotline (814) 234-CODE (2633).

Calls for assistance will not result in points assessed against the unit. Self-reported violations are not subject to the Nuisance Property Ordinance.

Weeds and Grass


Weeds and grass are not to exceed 6 inches in height or to produce pollen. The ordinance includes all non-woody vegetation except garden vegetables and cultivated flowers. Property owners, as well as occupants, are responsible for compliance with the ordinance. Only one warning of violation is issued per growing season. Each subsequent violation carries a $50.00 fine. In addition, upon issuance of the third violation, the Borough may make arrangements to have the grass/weeds cut and the property owner billed for the costs.

Questions regarding weed and grass should be directed to the Neighborhood and Community Services Department at 814-234-7191.

Self-reported violations shall not be used as an opportunity to avoid nuisance property points from being assigned to a property.

Last Updated: September 2017


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