Newport News, VA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: I signed my new lease 5 months ago and now the landlord is stating it was never signed and cannot be found.

I have been paying the new rent for months now and they are saying I have to sign a new lease. I have been here 3 years with no issues until I filed a complaint a month ago against my neighbor and now all of a sudden 5 months after I signed my lease they say I never signed it which is a lie. What are my rights

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

A: Your rights are to receive a copy of the lease that you signed on the date your signed it. If the landlord misplaced the originally signed lease, you should have a copy to provide them to demonstrate evidence of the signed lease. If you do not have a copy of that originally signed lease, that could be a problem.

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

A: You have been paying the 'new' rent since the effective date of the 'new' lease. Virginia Code 55.1-1207 (which is identical to its predecessor statute) https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title55.1/chapter12/section55.1-1207/ supports your thought that that lease is still in force even though there isn't a 'signed' copy.

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