I moved into my apartment two months ago and it smelled strongly of smoke. There was no notice of this before I signed my lease. The complex has tried multiple things to fix it but none have worked. Seems as though they have given up. What can I do?
I share an apartment with three roommates, each of whom has a signed lease. However, my landlord hasn't provided me with a lease to sign. We all pay the same rent, I have no idea if I have any protections.
Lease ended August 1st 2023, they were trying to buy the house but was unable to do so, I gave them a move out day of August 4th on July 16th. I am trying to collect rent $2150 owed and they are claiming they won't pay because of illegal eviction
Carpet cleaning was required in my lease as a part of move out. The landlords and property manager did not provide a recommended cleaner when they reminded us to have the carpets cleaned before move-out, so I contracted one myself. During the in-person move out inspection, I informed the landlord... View More
In Virginia, if your lease required carpet cleaning and you've complied by hiring a professional service, the landlord should not typically deduct additional carpet cleaning fees from your security deposit, especially if you provided a receipt.
The key here is whether the carpet was...View More
The only thing in reference I saw in the lease is: "In the event the Tenant abandons the property, the Landlord may, at its option, accelerate the entire paid balance of the unexpired portion of the lease and take such action to collect same as the Landlord deems appropriate." We are... View More
You are missing a few facts, and, without the facts, any answer can't get any better than raging, bleeding malpractice. Further, revealing the facts in an open, Internet forum can be a raging disaster, potentially rising to the point that anything you tell the lawyer related to the facts you...View More
Most leases in Virginia written for professional landlords include an express provision that prohibits controlled substances, including marijuana. Marijuana is still a controlled substance under federal law, and in Virginia up to one ounce is excluded from the criminal code. Absent these...View More
When I called to inquire about taking my name off of the lease due to moving out they said we would forfeit the entire deposit. I’m wondering why since my mom will still be a resident. And if it is justified that they take the deposit now, would she be held responsible for any damage costs upon... View More
A co-tenant can generally negotiate with the landlord and reach mutually agreeable terms for the removal of the co-tenant from the lease. A landlord is not required to remove a co-tenant from a lease just because the co-tenant decides to move out.
It has been 48 days since the end of my lease and I have not received my security deposit back, an itemized list of deductions, or any communication regarding withholding my deposit. My lease specifically stated that the deposit would be returned within 45 days. I reached out to my landlord to ask... View More
The answer will depend on local as well as state landlord and tenant law. Virginia is relatively good for landlords compared to my other jurisdictions, but you need to get a local lawyer that covers landlord-tenant and/or real estate.
Moving in on September of 2022 my wife and I had our first child. And we noticed the AC in our unit did not work as well as we wanted. By end of day our unit would be 80+ degrees which with a newborn was impossible to sleep at night. Maintenance would continue to state over the last year that it... View More
First, you can sue anyone for almost anything (there can be a penalty if it's frivolous, however. Don't worry: your situation is not 'frivolous' in my opinion). The real question is whether you can succeed in that suit. I think you have a fair chance of success - nothing...View More
In Virginia, if a landlord fails to provide an itemized deduction list within the required 45-day period after the termination of the tenancy, they may forfeit their right to make deductions from the security deposit. According to Virginia law, if the landlord fails to comply with the 45-day...View More
If there is a discrepancy between the rental amount listed in your rental application and the lease agreement, it is advisable to communicate with your landlord to clarify the issue. Start by referencing both the rental application and the lease agreement, and bring attention to the discrepancy....View More
We made a gentlemans agreement with the owner to rent to own his property. We paid him $25k for down payment and as a show of good faith he wrote us a quit claim for 2 trailers on the land. He passed and now the estate is trying to evict us with refusal of any funds, but the beneficiary (his... View More
Oral agreements on real estate are not binding. All contracts regarding real estate must be in writing. Sometimes, a writing can be found from things that aren’t thought of as writings, such as an email, receipt, or check. You need to review your specific facts including every written...View More
As the title. They want me to vacate in 2 months and pay a penalty fee. I didn't want to vacate, so they are forcing me to vacate and they are asking one month's rent as penalty. I don't want to pay that. Because I will end up paying 2 months rent already and they are the ones who... View More
Typically, when a renter violates a lease that doesn't allow subleasing by using the premises as an Airbnb, the landlord simply requires the tenant to pay any money earned by the tenant via Airbnb. Unless the lease allows them to charge one month's rent as a penalty, I would just give...View More
We were ordered by the court to send our rent payments to the court, because our Landlord owes a bank payment for the house we are renting. Please, we need some advice on if we should move out in the next 21 days or what?
An attorney would need to understand your goals to fully answer this question. Generally speaking, what you "should do" depends on what you want to do in this case. It sounds like you were sent a garnishment order. If so, that is a valid court order and your rent payments are being...View More
Under some circumstances, a defendant may be able to successfully motion the Court to re-open a case. For example, if a Court issued a default judgement, and the defendant was unable to attend through no fault of his/her own. Also, keep in mind that every matter in a Virginia General District...View More
Landlord said that i need to provide 60 days' notice or else the lease will automatically renew on a month-month basis. Now I am stuck paying double rent. when I gave the notice i added my vacate date as 04/01 but they never responded on that and when i asked about my dates they said its 04/20
Read your lease. Some leases have an extended notice period such as 60 days (which your landlord is telling you). Your lease controls if it was written correctly. In leases I've drafted the following paragraph was included:
YOU and WE may terminate this lease by giving...View More
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