I have had multiple occurrences since purchasing my condo in 2016. I have documentation asking for the damage to be fixed multiple times and each time it is patched up temporarily. I have had furniture damaged, rugs damaged, lighting fixtures damaged and my association refuses to take the lead on... Read more »
You may be able to bring legal action against the Condominium Association if they fail to take responsibility for something that is their responsibility. However, determining what is the CA's responsibility and what they should do is complicated and requires both a knowledgeable review of the...Read more »
My apartment complex claimed to be smoke free. On a daily basis, cigarette and marijuana smoke come into my apartment from neighboring apartments. I let the management know, but it is still happening. This has been affecting my health as I do not smoke. Can I break my lease without penalty? Is that... Read more »
You may be able to force the apartment complex to let you out of your lease, depending on how bad the situation is and how definitively the apartment has prohibited smoking. You may have a harder time proving that the situation exists and is dangerous to your health than you think. The process for...Read more »
Developer owns a majority of the development but wants to start charging an HOA fee, without having an HOA committee of homeowners. It seems as if he wants our money but wants to retain the decision making. Also, if he charges a monthly fee for HOA, should he be paying for his lots?
A planned unit development is usually regulated by a Master Deed or Declaration, which would show whether there is an HOA attached to the development, whether assessments can be charged, and how the amount of assessments is determined. You would need to look at that information, which is recorded...Read more »
I moved into a rental as a third party not on the lease, though I had the Landlord's permission. I have been residing and paying rent to my roommate for 7 months, and she paid the landlord. The lease was on an automatic renewal set to end July 31st and my roommate (who is on the lease) did not... Read more »
It seems to me that there are a few different ways this could be interpreted.You could be regarded as merely a permitted occupant for the last seven months under the lease with your roommate, which creates no independent obligation on your part. It also provides no protections for you and you would...Read more »
That depends on what they did. Violating the POA Act is unlikely to result in criminal liability on its own. You would want to read the Act in conjunction with the HOA's governing documents to determine what the board did and how to proceed. I recommend getting an attorney to help you...Read more »
You are required to give your landlord (or the landlord's representative in this case) access to the property, immediately if it is an emergency, or with reasonable notice if it is not an emergency. It is also reasonable to require that the manager be wearing a mask and be physically distanced...Read more »
Context is everything. There's no way to know what “exterior surfaces” means and how that affects liability your current situation in this case without reviewing at least that entire section of the governing documents, if not the entirety of the governing documents. These documents can be...Read more »
Under Virginia law, you need to give a tenant 30 days' WRITTEN notice, and that is generally at least thirty days before the end of the month. And that's only if you're in a month-to-month tenancy or your lease provides that you can give thirty days' notice to end the lease. If...Read more »
I signed a sublease agreement in August for a house downtown. One of the girls I was living with started shooting drugs and having multiple men over daily, on quite a schedule. Obviously, this is not something I wasn’t to be apart of. There were multiple men (I assume on drugs or some sort)... Read more »
This could be a complicated situation and you may need to call a lawyer near where you live.
You cannot usually break a lease early without either (a) an agreement between you and the landlord (or, in your case, maybe the tenant from whom you are subleasing the property) or (b) a court...Read more »
I’ve simply refused to pay and asked for further documentation and the covenants and the cc &r. I also asked for the breakdown of the budget and why the dues are being exercised. I also noted that the HOA was never disclosed at any time and that I will be seeking legal advice.
If there is an HOA attached to your property, you are a member of that HOA whether you were notified at signing or not. The existence of the HOA and its status is a matter of public record. Its governing documents, including the master deed or declaration creating the HOA, should be recorded in...Read more »
A landlord can raise the rent only after the lease period ends. Typically, with your six month lease, it would convert to a month-to-month lease (unless the lease says otherwise) at the end of the six month period. For the first six months, the rent amount would stay as it is written in the lease...Read more »
With a month-to-month lease, either you or the landlord can terminate at any time, provided you give the notice required in the lease and have the termination at the end of the month. So yes, the landlord can easily terminate this lease with you and require you to sign a new lease in order to stay...Read more »
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