Q: New landlord is attempting to talk tenants into voiding their auto-renewed leases by signing new leases.
It is my understanding that a lease signed in Virginia prior to a new landlord taking possession of a property must be honored until said contract has expired. There are no other issues in dispute.
Is my understanding correct? Where is this stated in the VRLTA?
A: In Virginia, when there is an existing lease signed by a landlord and the tenant, after which the landlord sells the premises to a new owner/landlord, the new owner/landlord is obligated to take the premises subject to the terms and conditions of the existing lease, provided the tenant is not in default under the existing lease. See VA Code Sections 55.1-1216 and 55.1-1213.
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