Rule 3121. Stay of execution; setting aside execution.
(a) Execution shall be stayed as to all or any part of the property of the defendant.
(1) upon written direction of the plaintiff to the sheriff:
(2) upon the entry of bond with the prothonotary, by any person or party in interest, with security approved by the prothonotary, in the amount of plaintiffs judgment, including probable interest and costs, or in such lesser amount as the court may direct, naming the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as obligee, and conditioned to pay the amount due within ninety (90) days of the entry of bond, unless the time for payment be further extended by the court;
(3) pending disposition of a property claim filed by a third party;
(4) upon a showing of exemption or immunity of property from execution;
(5) upon a showing of a right to a stay under the provisions of an Act of Congress or any Act of Assembly.
(b) Execution may be stayed by the court as to all or any part of the property of the defendant upon its own motion or application of any party in interest showing
(1) a defect in the writ, levy or service; or
(2) any other legal or equitable ground therefor.
(c) In an order staying execution the court may impose such terms and conditions or limit the stay to such reasonable time as it may deem appropriate.
The defendant may under these rules obtain a stay upon a showing that the net rents or income can satisfy the judgment, interest and costs within a reasonable time, that a stay will not imperil the ultimate collection of the judgment and that in balancing the equities no undue hardship will be inflicted on the plaintiff. The court may in granting stay provide for payment to the plaintiff or may order sequestration of the rents or income.
(d) The court may on application of any party in interest set aside the writ, service or levy
(1) for a defect therein;
(2) upon a showing of exemption or immunity of property from execution, or
(3) upon any other legal or equitable ground therefor.
(e) All objections by the defendant shall be raised at one time.
The garnishee may however raise the defenses of exemption or immunity of property from execution by preliminary objection or in answers to interrogatories. See Rules 3142(a) and (c) and 3145(b).
(f) After the termination of a stay, sale may be had without reissuance of the writ.
The provisions of this Rule 3121 adopted March 30, 1960, effective November 1, 1960; amended April 20, 1998, effective July 1, 1998, 28 Pa.B. 2026; amended April 12, 1999, effective July 1, 1999, 29 Pa.B. 2188. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (243909) to (243910).
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