Washington, DC asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: Can my landlord hold me responsible for paying rent until a replacement tenant is found?

specifically, asking after a fixed term lease is up, not when leaving a lease early.

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

A: If the lease you have is a written one year term lease that was not renewed, then by operation of law in Virginia, the lease become a month-to-month tenancy. The month-to-month tenancy may be terminated by either the tenant or the landlord by giving the other party a written 30 day notice in the appropriate from and the appropriate language. If you did that, then the lease will be terminated and the tenant is no longer liable for the rent after the date of the termination.

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Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Arlington, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: No, if your lease ends, your obligation to pay rent ends too -- assuming you gave proper notice to end the lease if that's required.

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