Pennsylvania Statutes Title 68 P.S. Real and Personal Property § 250.403. Exemption of property on premises under lease or conditional sale contract subject to a security interest

The following personal property loaned to or leased or hired by any person, or sold in any transaction in which a purchase money security interest is taken or retained shall be exempt from levy and sale on distress for rent so long as the security interest or title thereto remains in the secured party, owner, lender, or lessor if written notice, specifically describing the personal property loaned, leased, hired, or made subject to a security interest, shall be given to the landlord or his agent at the time the said personal property is placed upon the demised premises or within ten days thereafter, which notice shall contain a statement of the respective amounts due on each article named in the notice, and when so given, shall be effective as to such landlord and any future owner or owners of said premises, that is to say--

(1) All pianos, melodeons and organs;

(2) All soda water apparatus and the appurtenances thereto;

(3) All sewing machines and typewriting machines;  and all accounting, tabulating, computing, bookkeeping, photocopying and other office equipment and machinery;

(4) All electric motors, electric fans, electric air conditioners and dynamos;

(5) All ice cream cabinets and ice cream containers and the appurtenances thereto;

(6) All household furniture and household goods;

(7) All patented shoe repairing machinery and tools;

(8) All beauty and barber shop furniture and equipment;

(9) All cigarette, candy, chewing gum, soft drink, milk, food and all other types of automatic merchandising service or amusement vending machines;

(10) All restaurant and bar furniture and equipment;

(11) All meat market and grocery store equipment;

(12) All industrial, mining and construction machinery and equipment not attached to the realty.

In the case of personal property enumerated in clauses (2), (3), (5), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11) and (12) of this section, notice may be given in the manner above provided or, in lieu thereof, the name and address of the owner, lender, lessor or conditional vendor may be marked on or attached to said property on a visible part thereof.

Upon request at any reasonable time the owner, lender, lessor or conditional vendor of any personal property enumerated in this section shall advise the landlord or his agent as to the status of his account with the tenant.  In default of such advice, it shall be conclusively presumed no balance is due on said account.

Any landlord may levy upon and sell on distress for rent any right or interest of the tenant in any personal property mentioned in this section, subject to the rights therein of the owner, lender, lessor or conditional vendor.


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