YES. Key components of property management (leasing and renting) are considered real estate activities under existing Pennsylvania real estate licensing laws. If a property manager is going to lease, list or manage real estate, or promote the rental of real estate, he or she will need a broker's license. A salesperson working under a broker may engage in such activities.
YES. For example, employees of owners of multifamily residential property who manage and maintain the property are exempt if they do not negotiate lease terms, hold money belonging to tenants other than on behalf of the owner and if they are not authorized to enter into leases on the owner's behalf. If the owner retains the authority to make all of those decisions, the employees may show apartments and provide information on rental amounts, building rules and regulations and leasing determinations.
For more information about these and other Pennsylvania property management requirements and exceptions, please contact the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission.
Before hiring a property manager to manage your Pennsylvania rental property, you should always check that he or she is licensed appropriately. You can check the license status of Pennsylvania property managers using the state's Pennsylvania License Verification webpage.
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There is no requirement that a community association manager or condo association manager in Pennsylvania hold a real estate broker's license.
Pennsylvania real estate broker requirements include:
Pennsylvania real estate salesperson requirements include:
For more information about these and other licensing requirements and exceptions, please contact the Pennsylvania Real Estate Commission. Specific information about licensing is available online.