F. Paul Maloof's answer I am not sure without seeing the Summons, but I think that the garnishment summons is ordering you to pay over your rent to the Court. You should call the clerk of the court and ask what you should do.
F. Paul Maloof's answer Generally, family members are not considered tenants, however, if you want to make them vacate the premises, you will have to proceed with the requirements for an unlawful detainer in court since self-help, such as refusing the use of the washer and the kitchen, is prohibited in residential lease matters in Virginia.
F. Paul Maloof's answer It sounds like the landlord breached the contract by not allowing you a walk through and not providing you with an accounting/itemization of the damages to the premises within 30 days after you returned possession of the premises to the landlord. You can makes these claims in small claims court. The landlord will be required to make any and all counterclaims at that proceeding or any other claims will be deemed adjudicated.
F. Paul Maloof's answer Generaly in Virginia, if your residential lease states that the utility will be kept in the landlord's name and the tenant will pay the bills, the landlord is bound by that provision. It can only be modified by a written amendment to the lease that is signed by both the landlord and the tenant.
F. Paul Maloof's answer I have never heard of a landlord or landlord representative removing carpeting from one rental unit, reinstalling it in another unit and charging the tenant for the unusable carpeting. Generally, carpeting is a depreciable asset and the landlord is not entitled to charge the tenant for replacing the carpeting that was in the rental unit. You have a right to challenge the landlord for this type of charge. You should read your lease very carefully as it may provide that the landlord is...
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