Washington, DC asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: My landlord is asking for rent early. Its due on 1st latest the 5th. Can he legally do this?

He's leaving the country for vacation, and can't deposit the check after the 29th.

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

A: If your lease states that rent is due on the first of the month, that is the day you are required to pay the rent. This sounds like a reasonable request for an accommodation by the landlord and is not really a question that the law in Virginia will provide a specific answer.

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

A: Can he ask for it? sure. Do you have to pay early? no. Will it hurt you to pay early? probably not.

And if you honor the request and need a favor in the future you're more likely to get it than if you don't agree to pay early.

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