Hyattsville, MD asked in Consumer Law, Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: Is my lease valid if the owner did not have the proper zoning permit for an accesory dwelling in Arlington?

Zoning enforcement just said the property is in violation of zoning because the owner does not have the proper permit to divide a single family home into a duplex. Can i get my deposit and rent money back? The owner doesn't want to end my lease.

Do I have good grounds to file a lawsuit? What are the next steps?

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

A: If the landlord will not agree to terminate your lease, you will need to file suit and seek a judge to determine the lease is void as a matter of law.

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