Virginia Beach, VA asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: If a tenant's lease states that it may be auto-renewed if notice isn't given 60 days prior to the end of a lease...

Can the landlord opt to not renew the lease within 30 days of the end of the term? Or change the term to a month to month lease?

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

A: In Virginia, the automatic renewal provisions contained in a residential leas are binding on the tenant and the landlord. One party to the lease, such as the landlord, doe snot have the right to unilaterally change the lease to a month-to-month tenancy.

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

A: The answer starts with reading the actual lease rather than your recitation of what it might say. You need a consult with local counsel to review the lease.

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