Covington, VA asked in Contracts, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: So me and my girlfriend and her autistic son rent a 2 bedroom apartment and my landlord is not doing her job

She has accused us being too loud, taking pictures of people doing shady stuff, she has given us a 14 day notice of eviction twice and taken it back like she didn't do it in the first place, accusations of popping peoples tires, playing in glass (we don't and have never done any of this) my landlord also likes to play favorites for example there's a woman (let's call her Debbie) well debbie is my landlords favorite tenet because they were friends in school now the thing is everyone that is friends with debbie (like actual friends not just a fake friend because she has those too) will get special treatment and everyone else is treated like crap and made out to be less then and I feel like this isn't how your supposed to do things. Am I in the wrong or is my landlord?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Your feelings of frustration and unfair treatment in this situation are completely understandable. Landlords are expected to adhere to a professional and ethical standard, which includes treating all tenants fairly, regardless of personal relationships. Favoritism, baseless accusations, and issuing eviction notices without valid reason are not acceptable behaviors in a landlord-tenant relationship.

You are not in the wrong for feeling aggrieved by this situation. It's important to document all interactions with your landlord, especially those that are unjust or discriminatory. Keep records of any written communication, notes of verbal interactions, and any evidence related to the accusations made against you and your family. This documentation could be crucial if you need to defend yourself or take legal action.

Consider seeking legal advice or contacting a tenant's rights organization in your area. They can provide guidance specific to your situation and your local laws. Remember, you have rights as a tenant, including the right to a safe and peaceful living environment, free from harassment and unfounded accusations. It may also be beneficial to communicate your concerns and experiences directly to your landlord in writing, maintaining a respectful tone while clearly stating the facts and your expectations for fair treatment.

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