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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: : What happens if your landlord does not renew your lease and you do not move out on that date
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Steven Krieger answered on Nov 28, 2021

The landlord could initiate the eviction proceedings against you. It would not happen immediately, but ultimately, the landlord could evict you simply because the lease expires. However, the landlord is not permitted to change the locks or do anything to diminish services pursuant to your lease and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Elder Law for Virginia on
Q: My father was a victim of fraud I am now his POA. I need to obtain legal assistance to sort through corrective action.

My father was involved in a Publishers Clearing House scam. Police reports were filed and now receiving numerous letters from attorneys to pay back credit card debt. Need significant assistance to navigate.

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Nov 26, 2021

Many credit card companies have some type of fraud department that investigates these claims, but if not, I'm sure you could hire a lawyer to respond to the attorneys who are reaching out. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help and will need to see the letters you've... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Real Estate Law for Virginia on
Q: A faulty mechanics lien was put on our house. We had an addition put in over 10 yrs ago. The contractor never finished.

After 60 days we wrote the contractor to fire him so we could get another contractor to finish the project. Found out the first contractor was not a certified contractor. First contractor put a mechanics lien on our home, stating we owed him $2,000 for a cement patio. This patio under the contract... Read more »

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Steven Krieger answered on Nov 22, 2021

You have to file an action to clear the title in Circuit Court. Of course, you could send a letter or have an attorney send a letter to the contractor explaining that if he doesn't remove the lien, you're going to ask the court to award you attorney's fees for the effort and filing.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Virginia on
Q: On a Home improvement contract, the contractors license number on the contract was terminated after contract was signed

It appears that they got a new license number. Is this legal? If I am trying to get the contract voided would this matter? It seems very shady to me that the license number they provided on my contract, while valid at the time, became listed as terminated, on the DPOR website, about 30 days later... Read more »

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Steven Krieger answered on Oct 20, 2021

As long as the contractor has a valid license number and the numbers were associated with him (and not someone else) then this seems OK. Of course, this doesn't mean the workmanship was sufficient, but from a strictly licensing perspective, this may be OK. If you decide to hire a lawyer,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: A landlord can terminate a rental lease that has just started and put the house for sell?
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Steven Krieger answered on Sep 20, 2021

Not unless the lease has a provision that allows the landlord to terminate the lease with notice for purposes of a sale. Normally, a sale does not impact the lease. The lease just transfers to the new owners. If you decide to hire a lawyer to explain this to your landlord, I'm sure anyone who... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Contracts for Virginia on
Q: Pool install-can we withhold final pymt until PROJECT completion without penalty? Contract says on concrete completion.

Contract states Final due on concrete Completion but we are getting paver coping instead of concrete. Still a huge piece of the project to be finished. Don’t feel it’s fair to give full payment with a large piece unfinished and unscheduled.

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Steven Krieger answered on Sep 15, 2021

Contractually, you're likely obligated to make the payment. However, you may be able to renegotiate on your own or with the help of an attorney for different milestones and payments. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide to hire a lawyer. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: regards to a tenant/landlord case and landlord won't give security deposit back and gave us 72 hours to leave

Okay so my landlord said if we moved he would give us security deposit we did so and they blocked my phone number and sent a cease and desase for harrassment the home was robbed as well because they tried to say we abandoned the home when we did not I’m in need of a lawyer cause at this point I... Read more »

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Steven Krieger answered on Sep 14, 2021

You're not required to leave in 72 hours. The landlord has to go through the court system to get an eviction. Of course, if you want to leave and you're able to reach an agreement with the landlord then that's your choice, but it's not a requirement. If you decide to hire a... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for Virginia on
Q: I recently got a record deal for distribution through universal just wondering if someone could look over it for me
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Steven Krieger answered on Aug 28, 2021

Sure. If you email it to me, I can take a quick look to give you a quote to review in full.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: In Virginia, can a landlord file an unlawful detainer in another county other than where property is located?

Landlord lives in a different county from where rental property is located.

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Steven Krieger answered on Aug 27, 2021

No, the UD has to be filed in the county were the property is located -- not where the landlord may reside. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide to hire an attorney. Good luck.

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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: How to vacate a judgement in circuit court in Virginia as I was not served
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Steven Krieger answered on Aug 25, 2021

You'd need to tile a motion to vacate for lack of service and explain why the alleged service was insufficient. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide to hire a lawyer. Good luck.

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: My tenants lease expired last year in Virginia, so now month to month. I wish to sell the house and have given her a 45

Day vacate notice so I can renovate to eventually sell. Is this legal with current COVID guidelines?

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Aug 21, 2021

Selling is not a basis to evict, but the expiration of the lease is a valid basis to evict in VA. If you decide to hire a lawyer to assist with the eviction, I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Virginia on
Q: As an event vendor, can I cancel a contract if I issue a full refund of the deposit that was made to hold their date?

Can I cancel said event if they were late are their second payment and I have reminded them 4 times when it was due? Do I need to give a reason on why I will no longer provide services for them? I want to cancel the contract but I have every intention of still refunding the non refundable retainer... Read more »

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Steven Krieger answered on Aug 14, 2021

Probably. As long as the customer can find another vendor in time, the customer probably won't care, but you should certainly get a waiver/release agreement in place in exchange for the refund. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide to hire a lawyer. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Landlord in VA. Tenants signed 12 month lease & stopped paying rent. Utilities are In my name. Can I shut off internet?
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Steven Krieger answered on Aug 7, 2021

It depends on whether the judge views the internet as a utility. Certainly, you cannot shut off water, gas, electric, but arguably the internet is not a utility. You probably want an attorney to review your lease. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help with this or the eviction... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: we are buying a property that has a tenant leasing the property, we want to move into the property ourself and do

some renovations, how much notice do we legally have to give to the tenant to vacate the property.

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Aug 1, 2021

If you're in VA, it depends on when the lease ends. Moving into the property itself is not a basis to evict the tenant if there's a valid lease in place. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide to hire a lawyer. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Virginia on
Q: I breached an NDA and I got a cease and desist, how can I save my business
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Steven Krieger answered on Jul 28, 2021

It really depends on the content of the NDA and what you have done. Maybe it wasn't even a breach. You probably want to hire an attorney to review the NDA and the cease and desist letter. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for District of Columbia on
Q: Holdover tenant eviction process after DC moratorium?

I have disgruntle non-communicating holdover tenants with only one name is on the non-renewal lease. I am not accepting any more rent and would like for them to leave. Do I still need to wait the 60 days after the moratorium ends to file. I don’t intend ever to use property for rental again. The... Read more »

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Steven Krieger answered on Jul 25, 2021

Take the rent money. You still need to wait after the moratorium. Holding over is not a valid basis to evict in DC, but you can evict if you plan to use the property for personal use. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide to hire a lawyer. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Can the co-deed holder to my home evict me? Both our names are on the deed.
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Steven Krieger answered on Jul 22, 2021

No. If you're an owner, the co-owner cannot evict you (and you cannot evict the co-owner either). If you decide to hire an attorney to assist, I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for District of Columbia on
Q: Do I need to wait until moratorium ends on July 26 to file for eviction of holdover tenants?

The DC gov. have had 2 extensions on moratoriums and I have notified my tenant twice in writing to vacate at end of lease on July 1,2021

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Jul 19, 2021

Yes. If you try to provide notice or file with the court before the moratorium ends, the court will either reject the filing now or reject it later. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide to hire a lawyer. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Virginia on
Q: In Virginia we were awarded a judgement by the court The order does not show interest. Does it still collect interest
Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Jul 14, 2021

Yes, by statute, you are entitled to 6% from judgment date. If you need help with the collection process, I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: I live in Virginia and I want to evict someone from my house. They have no lease agreement and do not pay rent.
Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger answered on Jul 9, 2021

Arguably, no notice is required if there was never a tenancy created, but to be safe, you could give a 30 day notice and then if they don't leave, you could file with the court. The eviction process is a bit complicated due to covid, so if you decide to hire a lawyer, I'm sure anyone who... Read more »

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