Richmond, VA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: If your residence has a shared yard (such as a duplex) who is responsible for yard maintance?

Question as stated above.

Also, what is the legal requirement for a landlord replacing carpet between tenants?

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

A: The lease, if it was properly written, should say who is responsible for what items as to lawn care and maintenance. If the duplex is side-by-side it should be easy to do one half; if it's an up/down then it becomes more interesting.

There is no legal requirement at all for a landlord to replace carpet at any time. When you move in you need to make sure the move-in inspection accurately states the condition of the carpet; bonus points for a move-in video or pictures of the apartment.

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

A: The lease is the controlling document in your situation. The lease should specify who has the yard maintenance obligations.

There is no such legal obligation under Virginia law. It should be in the lease.

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