Housing: Rental

Complaints


Complaints dealing with the structural conditions of the rental property or the number of unrelated occupants in apartment units are investigated by Centre Region Code Administration Office. To initiate a complaint of this type contact the Code office at (814) 231-3056.

Complaints dealing with insect or rodent infestation, refuse, or weeds are investigated by the State College Health Department. To initiate a complaint of this type contact the Division of Health & Neighborhood Services at (814) 234-7191.

Complaints dealing with the number of unrelated occupants in 1- and 2-family homes or the use of rental property are investigated by the State College Zoning Officer. To initiate a complaint of this type contact the Zoning Officer at (814) 234-7109.

For more renter information, visit the Ready Reference for Renters.

Fair Housing Protection


When renting or selling housing, it is illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, age (40 and over), ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, mental and physical handicap, presence of trained guide, support or service animals, pregnancy, birth of a child, the number and presence of children, or marital status. Examples of discrimination are: falsely denying that housing is available; discriminatory advertising; refusal to rent; or discrimination in the terms of the lease.

Individuals who believe they are being discriminated against with respect to a property located within State College Borough may file a complaint in person or by mail on forms provided by the Borough. Complaints must be filed within 90 days of the act of discrimination. For more information, call (814) 234-7109.

Individuals who believe they are being discriminated against may file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in Harrisburg. The phone number is (717) 787-9784. Complaints must be filed within 180 days of the act of discrimination.

A complaint may also be filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by calling the Housing Discrimination Hotline at the toll-free number 1 (800) 669-9777. Complaints must be filed within one year of the act of discrimination.

Complaint forms for filing with State College Borough, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and HUD are available at the State College Planning Department, 243 South Allen Street, State College, Pennsylvania, 16801.

For more information, please call (814) 234-7109 or contact us via email.

Inspections


When renting or selling housing, it is illegal to discriminate based on race, color, religion, age (40 and over), ancestry, national origin, place of birth, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, mental and physical handicap, presence of trained guide, support or service animals, pregnancy, birth of a child, the number and presence of children, or marital status. Examples of discrimination are: falsely denying that housing is available; discriminatory advertising; refusal to rent; or discrimination in the terms of the lease.

Individuals who believe they are being discriminated against with respect to a property located within State College Borough may file a complaint in person or by mail on forms provided by the Borough. Complaints must be filed within 90 days of the act of discrimination. For more information, call (814) 234-7109.

Individuals who believe they are being discriminated against may file a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in Harrisburg. The phone number is (717) 787-9784. Complaints must be filed within 180 days of the act of discrimination.

A complaint may also be filed with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by calling the Housing Discrimination Hotline at the toll-free number 1 (800) 669-9777. Complaints must be filed within one year of the act of discrimination.

Complaint forms for filing with State College Borough, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and HUD are available at the State College Planning Department, 243 South Allen Street, State College, Pennsylvania, 16801.

For more information, please call (814) 234-7109 or contact us via email.

Permits


If you plan to rent residential property in State College Borough, you must obtain a license from the Centre Region Code Administration Office (CRCA), 2643 Gateway Drive, State College, Pennsylvania, 16801. Contact the CRCA by phone at (814) 231-3056.

Nuisance Properties


The Borough's policy is to preserve and protect its neighborhoods. A Nuisance Property Task Force has been created to identify nuisance properties by analyzing complaint statistics; provide a forum where residents can bring their concerns about properties adversely affecting their neighborhoods; and eliminate on-going nuisances caused by irresponsible residents or property owners through the use of persuasion, mediation, warnings, enforcement and fines.

If you have on-going problems with a property in your neighborhood and would like to determine if the Neighborhood Services Team can help, please write to: Neighborhood Services Team, State College Health Department, 243 South Allen Street, State College, Pennsylvania, 16801, or call the Health Department at (814) 234-7191 or contact us via email. For more information, visit the Ready Reference for Renters.



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