In all contract matters, including a residential lease, the landlord or its agent, such as the property management, can require that the tenant will be for the landlord's attorney's fees if there is a dispute or otherwise.
Unless the co-deed title owner is the landlord on a written residential lease for the premises, that party does not have a right to seek and eviction of any occupants in the premises. In addition, there is a moratorium that current exists in Virginia for evictions of residential premises.
In Virginia, a lease is a contract that cannot be modified by a unilateral act by one party, unless all parties to the lease agree in writing to the modifications, which would include additional charges that were not contained in the original lease.
The state's website, www.courts.state.va.us provides info on cases held in general district courts in every city/county in VA. I used the info to deny a rental application based on unlawful detainers found under his name within the last 5 years, where the plaintiffs, (NOT the applicant!) were... Read more »
"statements or communication, which defames the owner, employee, or management of rental unit... may be subject to action for defamation by person who suffers injury or loss as a result of defamatory statement."
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives every American the right of freedom of speech, which is an indispensable asset to American democracy. The right to express a unique point of view allows every American to exchange new ideas and to hear different interpretations of the truth. A...Read more »
Me and my roommates moved in on Friday April 16. Our landlord has not given us house keys and says he will not until the second month. I’m not sure about the laws but I feel like that is illegal. Our lease says we cannot change the locks without permission from the landlord and he will not give... Read more »
Under the Virginia Code, the Landlord has a duty to maintain the premises in a fit condition. If there is no AC and there is a major plumbing leak, you should contact the Office of Housing Code Enforcement for the city/county in which the premises is located and make a formal complaint. An...Read more »
Over the course of two years while staying at Southern Stove Lofts, there have been several Material Non-Compliance notices filed against myself and roommates. Each time, we collect our money order receipts and bring them to the leasing office to prove that we did in fact pay rent. To which they... Read more »
The party (you in this matter) who files the claim in court has the burden of proof to persuade the judge by a preponderance of the evidence that your claim is valid, based on Virginia law and what the landlord did is a violation of Virginia law. Without knowing your matter or what evidence and...Read more »
Sold a car to a former coworker in January 2021. A written agreement was signed stating she would make monthly payments until paid in full, and if she did not pay we would be picking up the car. She has not paid in 4 months, and she will not tell me where the car is located so we can pick it up. So... Read more »
The lease expires on August 31, 2021, but the remaining tenant would like a new lease effective August 1, 2021, with the roommate's name removed from the lease and the locks changed immediately. According to the remaining tenant, he has attempted to contact the roommate numerous times over the... Read more »
We lease an apartment, our adult child listed as a dependent moved out for the first time and left books behind. Can those books be legally removed, donated, sold? Are we required to hold them for a particular period of time?
Given the facts that you reported, it appears that the property of the person who moved out was abandoned. Property that is abandoned is no longer the property of the person who moved out and can be disposed of as you see fit.
To the best of my knowledge and belief, there is nothing in the Code of Virginia that gives the landlord a right to prohibit the use of flushable wipes and there is nothing in the Code of Virginia that restricts the landlord to forbid same. This prohibition may be made part of the written lease...Read more »
The moratorium on evictions has been extended to July 31, 2021. See the link: https://www.13newsnow.com/article/news/local/virginia/cdc-extends-eviction-moratorium-through-july-31/291-d39bbdbc-76d9-40dd-b313-f7b26f520a54
Our 12 month lease expires tomorrow, but requires 60 days of notice to terminate or goes month-to-month. We found a new place and gave notice to our current landlord on 5/26 that we were leaving. We acknowledged that it was not 60 days and asked if there was anything we could do to shorten that... Read more »
Given your reported facts that you gave written 60 day notice on 5/26/2021 that you would vacate the premises within 60 days and that the premises was vacated by you sometime after 5/26/2021, and the landlord re-let the premises to begin on 7/23/2021, the landlord has, by his/her conduct, has...Read more »
There is an outdoor grill that looks like a large portable grill on wheels and it has wheels, but the grill is connected to a natural gas pipe that was extended from the back of the house. The grill uses natural gas from the pipe as fuel for normal operation. The grill has been in the same spot for... Read more »
In Virginia, a fixture is attached (i.e., bolted) to the ground and becomes an intricate part of the land. A grill which is movable is personal property, notwithstanding that it is attached to a gas line, and is thus not a fixture.
My question: Is a trustee (also an attorney) allowed to legally represent and defend a beneficiary in court and be her attorney if there are any possible future legal suits against this beneficiary from her litigious jealous sister? For example: for medical neglect? The trustee is NOW the new... Read more »
Your question is not clear from what you stated but if you are claiming that there is a consumer law issue, you should contact the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia, Consumer Law Department in Richmond, VA and make a formal Complaint. They may take your case and prosecute your Complaint.
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