Virginia Beach, VA asked in Civil Rights, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: Newly renting, Carpets smell like urine, 2 small babies in house. Owner refuses to replace them. What rights do we have?

Just moved in, site unseen unfortunately cause of military move. Carpets smell like strong urine. 2 small kids in our house. 3 years old and 10 months. The house was also filthy when we moved in and we had to pay ourselves to have it cleaned. Property manager said they nor the owners will replace carpets. What rights do we have being we have small children. This seems like a health hazard and they don't care. Thank you.

1 Lawyer Answer
Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Midlothian, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Check your rental agreement first and also see if the Virginia Landlord Tenant Agreement covers this situation. It may be something you want to retain a lawyer to investigate further as they can tell you what rights you may or may not have and also your liability if you choose to breach your agreement (assuming that it would be a breach and it may not). It's possible the landlord is breaching but you really should pay a lawyer to investigate or do the work yourself on it.

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