Fredericksburg, VA asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Virginia

Q: With respect to residential lease Under what circumstances Can a lease holder (home owner) raise rent during lease?

Lease is six months beginning September 2019

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1 Lawyer Answer
Elizabeth Crego
Elizabeth Crego
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: A landlord can raise the rent only after the lease period ends. Typically, with your six month lease, it would convert to a month-to-month lease (unless the lease says otherwise) at the end of the six month period. For the first six months, the rent amount would stay as it is written in the lease agreement that you signed. At the end of the six month period (so March 1 for a six month lease beginning September 1), the landlord can change the rent amount with thirty days notice to the tenant. I recommend contacting an attorney to look at your lease and discuss the specifics of your situation to get a more in-depth answer.

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