Q: Can a Virginia lease be terminated by a military who wasn't the original lessee without a Military clause?

My tenant and her daughter were the original signers for a lease signed in November of 2016, they signed for a 2 year lease that would of ended on November 2018. The mother recently married in March of 2018, and she immediately wanted to add her husband to the lease. I added him to the lease, and on May 3, 2018 they send me a letter saying that due to him being military they need to leave the house in 30 days because he was stationed in another state. My question is how can they breach the contract without a "military clause"? A "military clause" was never included in the original lease. Plus he was on the lease less then 90 days, I don't know if that makes a difference. Now she is demanding her security deposit, I really don't feel like they deserve it back since they broke the lease 1)she was sneaky and 2)without a military clause. Please advice. Thank you.

1 Lawyer Answer
F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Only the lessee who is on military duty has the right to invoke such a termination provision.

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