Blacksburg, VA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: Our lease ends in May 2020 and our landlord is requiring us to renew now, in October. Can they do that?

Our lease is from July 2019 to May 2020. They have listed a $40/month increase if we renew by Oct. 15, 2019 and a $60/mo increase if we renew after Oct. 15. I'm new to Virginia and do not know if there is rent control or other regs that allow this. I've never had a landlord request a renewal 8 months in advance. Typically, I have seen the timeline for renewal agreements as 60 days in advance of the lease termination.

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

A: The date of the lease's renewal and the date for the written notice for renewal and for the rent increase must be stated in the written lease. It would be best for your to review your lease to see what provision addresses these topics because the lease is the contract on which your have rights. Generally in Virginia, there is no rent control.

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