Arlington, VA asked in Real Estate Law for Virginia

Q: I own a condo and have given tenant verbal notice to vacate within 30 days and he refuses

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Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
Answered
  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: You need a lawyer. While Virginia has self-help for some landlord-tenant issues, you are doing it wrong, and you are doing it wrong in the wrong county to do it wrong.

Ross Cameron Hart agrees with this answer

Elizabeth Crego
Elizabeth Crego
Answered
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Under Virginia law, you need to give a tenant 30 days' WRITTEN notice, and that is generally at least thirty days before the end of the month. And that's only if you're in a month-to-month tenancy or your lease provides that you can give thirty days' notice to end the lease. If you're in the middle of a year lease and you want the tenant out for violating the lease agreement, it's a little more complicated than just giving thirty days' notice. I agree that you need to consult with a lawyer before going forward.

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