ATTENTION LANDLORDS! - Posted by HarryBurg

Posted by ScottE on May 19, 2001 at 11:05:20:

A pro-landlord bill authored by a DEMOCRAT? I must be imagining things!

ATTENTION LANDLORDS! - Posted by HarryBurg

Posted by HarryBurg on May 18, 2001 at 14:14:47:

Here’s the Democratic read on a bill winding its way through the Pennsylvania Senate. Just thought you’d like to know.



Senate Bill No. 787
Printer?s No. 883

May 7, 2001


This bill creates the Landlord Garnishment Authorization Act, which would authorize the attachment of wages by landlords.


This legislation would permit a landlord, who has properly obtained a judgement by a court ordering payment of sum by the debtor tenant to the landlord, to attach the wages of the debtor tenant.

The debtor must be notified of the attachment in advance.

The amount of wages which is exempt from attachment is either a sum not to place the debtor?s net income below the poverty income guidelines, or 90% of the debtor?s wages, whichever is greater.

The employer who is subject to the garnishment will withhold the attachable wages and then remit the amount withheld to the landlord. The bill allows the employer who garnishes their employee?s wages to retain a fee, not exceeding 2% of the amount collected, for purposes of bookkeeping expenses in connection with the garnishment.

Previous garnished wages will receive priority to this legislation in the following order: child support, alimony, PHEAA student loans and any attachment by a governmental entity other than PHEAA.

This bill also protects the garnished employee by providing that an employee cannot be discharged because the employee?s wages are subject to attachment.

This bill will take effect in 30 days.

PRIME SPONSOR: Senator Dent"


Posted by Mike on May 18, 2001 at 18:35:08:

Is this for real!? This bill will definately take effect on June 7, 2001? We own property in a Borough and owners are responsible for unpaid utilitis by the tenants. Do you know if you can have the tenants paycheck attached for unpaid utility bills as well?

Re: ATTENTION LANDLORDS! - Posted by HarryBurg

Posted by HarryBurg on May 18, 2001 at 20:22:52:

The bill is real, but at this point, it’s only that - a bill. It’s not yet law. The Pennsylvania Senate is expected to vote on it this week. The bill would then go to the House and then to the governor, if it passes the House. As for the details, you’ll have to ask your lawmaker.