Blacksburg, VA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: With no written notice from the new owners, do I have to vacate by that date?

It was added to the contract that I would be allowed to stay until mid-July, which I was just shown on July 7th via email. Previously the old owners had asked if I could be out by mid-July. I had replied that I would try but I would need to secure a new place, which has been difficult. I have had no notice from the new owners about vacating. The closing was on July 2nd.

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

A: Without the proper written notice from the current owner or a written agreement that you signed stating you agreed to move out, the new owner has not terminated the month-to-month tenancy according to the laws of Virginia. You may need to hire an attorney to represent you in this matter.

Ross Cameron Hart agrees with this answer

Ross Cameron Hart
Ross Cameron Hart
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Salem, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Mr. Malouf is correct - the new owners inherited you as a tenant and you can remain for the remainder of your lease term or, assuming your rent is month-to-month, until you receive proper notice terminating your tenancy. If you are on a month-to-month, the notice has to include a full rental period - if your rent is paid by the calendar month, then notice given today is effective August 31.

You can only be force-ably evicted after a court hearing. However if the landlord gives proper notice go ahead and move to avoid having a landlord suit against you show up in the court records (even if you win)

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