Richmond, VA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: Landlord is harassing us every month with material non-compliance notices when we have receipts to prove we’ve paid rent

Over the course of two years while staying at Southern Stove Lofts, there have been several Material Non-Compliance notices filed against myself and roommates. Each time, we collect our money order receipts and bring them to the leasing office to prove that we did in fact pay rent. To which they respond with “Must have been a clerical error” or some other non-excuse. We believe we are being targeted and harassed and are seeking legal counsel.

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

A: The party (you in this matter) who files the claim in court has the burden of proof to persuade the judge by a preponderance of the evidence that your claim is valid, based on Virginia law and what the landlord did is a violation of Virginia law. Without knowing your matter or what evidence and witnesses you have, a statement of the likelihood of success is improbable. If you want an office meeting, I charge by the hour and the fee will be due and payable at the end of the meeting.

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