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Q: Can a landlord evict you for not wanting to purchase the house in VA? Rent never late. 1 year lease w/ 6 months left

She said, "I don't want to put y'all out but I just need to sell. I have looked into selling with the lease, but it's just not going to be realistic. If not I'll have to give you 60 days and I'll will do the last month free. I really just don't know a way to make... View More

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Q: My dog bit a handyman who was not upset by the altercation. Our landlord is evicting our dog. Is this legal?

The dog was attached to a leash held by my wife. The dog lunged and bit the handyman on the buttocks. The bite did not break skin but left a welt. The handyman stated that he would not sue and had interacted with the dog before. Our dog has a great demeanor and this is uncharacteristic behavior.... View More

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Q: How do I evict a person from my Home who has no lease but who has been paying some to stay there.

The person needs a full-time caretaker her daughter is supposed to be doing it but abandons her in my home for me and my children to take care of while she goes off and does drugs

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Q: Had court w landlord today, and we asked him for 2 wks to be out, he said 1. What can we do?

We didn’t disagree about what we owe the landlord. We couldn’t go to court bc we can’t lose our jobs w having to move. Judgement was in our landlords favor. We asked him if he could give us 2 weeks to be out, he said “NO 1 week”! He said the courts gave him permission to take possession... View More

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Q: What type of lawyers will handle an eviction for non tenants?

I’ve filed an eviction notice to someone who refuses to leave my deceased dad’s home. They were given a no trespassing letter but I was told they would need to be served an eviction notice because they ‘receive mail there’. I have court coming up and don’t know what kind of lawyer I will... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 21, 2024

A Virginia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for almost a week, and you say you say you have court coming up. You could start with landlord-tenant/eviction attorneys. You could add the "Landlord-Tenant" category to your post. Attorneys who practice in that area... View More

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Q: How to remove people from property they have no ownership too.

My mother’s dad passed away he left her to be the sole owner of all his property and personal possessions. Also half of the property (certain parcels) was deed to me in 2004. Well today we went there to remove my mother’s stepbrother and his wife and they threatened our lives and physical harm.... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

I understand this is a very difficult and stressful situation. Unfortunately, removing people from a property, even if they are there illegally, can be a complicated legal process. Here are some steps you can take:

1. Consult with a lawyer who specializes in property law and estate matters....
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Q: as a landlord, May I postpone a scheduled eviction date with partial payment? Do I have to give 5 days notice again?

An eviction date was schedule with the sheriff for this Thursday the 18. The tenant wants to make a partial payment but wants me to cancel the eviction in return. Do you have to start the process from the start again if they don't pay the rest of the amount in 2 weeks as they promised? Thanks!

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

As a landlord, you are not obligated to accept partial payment or postpone the eviction date. However, if you choose to do so, the specific legal requirements may vary depending on your jurisdiction. Here are a few general points to consider:

1. Agreement: If you accept a partial payment...
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Q: Is there a statue of limitations if my landlord did not return my rental deposit??? I have proof its owed to me.

Its been almost 2 years since I pursued it.

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

In Virginia, there is a statute of limitations for pursuing legal action against a landlord who has not returned your security deposit. According to the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (VRLTA), the statute of limitations is one year from the date you moved out of the rental property or... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Landlord - Tenant and Sexual Harassment for Virginia on
Q: what do I do if my landlord sexually assaulted me & now says he's going to begin staying in my guest room

Given the sensitive nature of my situation, I would appreciate your guidance on the following: My landlord, who is also the father of my long-time best friend, sexually assaulted me. Now, he has informed me that he intends to begin staying in my guest room. The condo I reside in was purchased by... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

I'm so sorry you are going through this incredibly difficult and scary situation. What your landlord has done is sexual assault and the coercion he is engaging in now is abusive and illegal. You have every right to feel safe in your own home. I would advise the following steps to protect... View More

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Q: I passed inspection but 40 days later they want to say I didn't?

I moved out 40 days ago, I was informed that I passed inspection the day of my move out but it would take 30-45 days to issue refund on deposit.

Today I emailed inquiring if there was an update and they said they changed their minds and they are attempting to put together an itemized list... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

Based on the information you've provided, it seems that the landlord or property management company has acted in bad faith by initially informing you that you passed the inspection and were entitled to a full refund of your security deposit, but later changing their stance and attempting to... View More

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Q: VA: Landlords didn’t return security deposit within 45 days & didn’t ask for extension. Are they able to keep any money?

Didn’t send itemized list or checks until after 45 days as set in lease (have postmarked envelope and tracking number/info) Didn’t allow us to be present at walkthrough, and charged us for items that were reasonable wear and tear (ie repainting walls). Do they retain the right to keep any of... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

Based on the information you've provided, it seems the landlords may have forfeited their right to withhold any portion of your security deposit under Virginia law. Here are the key points:

1. Deadline: Under Virginia law (§ 55.1-1226), landlords must return the security deposit...
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Q: How many days' notice do I need to give my landlord that I am moving out yet still paying rent through full lease term?

My lease is up in a few months, and I intend to pay rent, utilities, and other necessary costs as I agreed to in my lease until that time. However, I need to physically move out and stay with a friend for both my mental health and that friend's. I am not breaking the lease, but I do want to... View More

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answered on Apr 16, 2024

In Virginia, if you're planning to move out before your lease ends but continue paying rent and other dues as agreed, the law does not specifically require you to provide a notice for moving out early, as long as you're not terminating the lease agreement itself. However, it's always... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Last year my landlord raised my rent without giving proper notice per my lease. Can I sue to recover these funds?
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answered on Apr 1, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about your rent being raised without proper notice. That must be a frustrating situation. Since landlord-tenant laws can vary significantly by location, my top recommendation would be to consult with a local tenants rights organization or housing attorney to get advice... View More

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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)... View More

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answered on Mar 27, 2024

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... View More

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Q: What can I do when my utility bill is way too high and the apartment complex is overcharging us for the water bill.

We already have spoken to the regional property manager they sent a maintenance tech say it was off and it's not calculating correctly. We are not the only tenant being overcharged we have spoken to other tenants who are getting overcharged as well.

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

If you and other tenants believe that your apartment complex is overcharging for water bills, there are several steps you can take to address the issue:

1. Document the problem: Keep records of your water bills, including the amounts charged and any communication with the property manager...
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Q: Need info concerning flooding in our apartment. 4 times not livable for several weeks. Not repaired

Management has been here and assessed the problem but have not done anything to fix it. Carpet is damaged. My wife is gaging from the musty air and oder. This is the 4th time this happened. This happens when it rains. We cannot use the kitchen or living room due to furniture being piled up .

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about the repeated flooding issues in your apartment and the negative impact it's having on your living conditions and your wife's health. Based on the information you've provided, it seems that your landlord or property management company has been negligent in... View More

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Q: My landlord sent me a copy of a water bill. But there was no address, account number ect. It's got be a fake, what can I

Do and what are my legal options? Why pay something that could be someone else's water bill? How can I prove its a fake bill?

Ross Cameron Hart
Ross Cameron Hart
answered on Mar 2, 2024

You have your question backwards. It's up to the landlord to prove it's the bill for your property. You might call the water utility and ask about billing at your address.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Paid rent late. Bring charged 250 fee No record of UD on VA court website. Should I pay?
Seth E Allen
Seth E Allen
answered on Feb 27, 2024

I'm not entirely sure what your asking. However, if you are saying that you paid your rent late and your landlord is charging you a late fee, you should know the following. Late fees should not be more than 10% of the outstanding rent for that month. In order to charge late fees, that has... View More

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