Richmond, VA asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: Property seller violates multiple laws, purchaser has hard evidence, judge ignores. What happened?


55.1-1204 Section C says Mr Sternberg is incorrect in his answer. He also says perjury and discrimination against protected classes is "irrelevant". I need someone who cares about those things and the law to answer.

Some points (this box isn't enough for all details):

- All owner finance payments were current

- Seller on Bill of Particulars wrote children and a pregnancy as a reason for eviction. Children were not damaging, not a 55+ community, and the house had enough rooms.

- Seller testified (lie/perjury) under oath they never agreed to sell, only rent. Admitted they refused any written agreement. Admitted the children and pregnancy were a reason with no context as to why.

- Buyer has evidence of fixing SELLER'S prior damages (since Seller wanted to claim Landlord in court)

- Buyer has receipts, text, audio, photo, and video evidence to ALL the above.

- Judge refused all evidence right from the start and ruled in favor of Seller.

I don't understand.

1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Most of the facts in your question are irrelevant. A contract for land must be in writing or it is void. Depending on where you are, a writing can sometimes be lots of things short of a Purchase and Sale Agreement on the local Board of Realtors form. I think there is one DC case in which a check signed by the party against whom it was being enforced. You need to review your facts with a lawyer licensed where the property is located. Contracts for lease must also be in writing, but contracts to repair places by laypeople need not be written. You might be able to get your expenses and damages. You may have already harmed your case, because your overly detailed description seems to admit that there was no contract, and that can be used against you. Get a lawyer to review the facts in a consult. And, if the property is worth less than the consult, skip it and move on.

Anthony M. Avery agrees with this answer

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