The lease agreement says in Your security deposit will be deposited and held in an interest bearing account in a federally insured banking institution. But the landlord said Virginia law was changed in 2014, removing the requirement that interest accrue on security deposits held by landlords unless... Read more »
Since the law states :unless agreed to otherwise" and you reported that you agreed in the lease that the security deposit would be interest bearing, the landlord is bound by the terms of the lease and the law to accrue interest on your security deposit, however, you have no right to demand the...Read more »
I have 1 roommate who has stayed in this house since 5 years ago, and me and another tenant moved in to replace her old roommates. The management company has not done a move-in or out inspection because they only do it if every tenant on the lease vacates the property. The security deposits have... Read more »
The answer to your question depends on how the landlord will act at the time you end the lease and move out. Without evidence of the condition of the premises on the day you moved in, it will be impossible to establish the condition of the premises on that date. Therefore, it will be impossible to...Read more »
I rent a townhouse which our A/C broke. Last year our landlord purchased a home warranty which requires a $100 deposit for each situation something needs to get fixed. They have us pay that deposit, even if it’s not our fault. They’re reasoning is they pay the premium so we pay the deposit.... Read more »
The answer to your question depends on what is stated in your residential lease with regard to whether the landlord or the tenant is responsible for repairs, such as the AC. Generally, the landlord has a duty to maintain the appliances, such as the AC unit, unless it is agreed in the lease that...Read more »
My business was shut down until we reopened (still slow). Apartment management and I agreed verbally with the management office to set up a payment plan. A week later they said they want rent paid in full. I argued my case about the agreement, they said they will talk to the manager. Next day,... Read more »
It sounds like these are discussions and negotiations about paying rent. It is not a question is it legal or illegal. It is a question of whether opposing parties can come to an agreement. It takes two to reach an agreement so if one side will not agree, there is no agreement in the eyes of the...Read more »
I signed a 12 month lease with my landlord and it’s the 7th month and my landlord says the july31st at 8 am everyone who didn’t renew is the last day of their lease but I can’t leave that soon I prepared for a 12 month lease I also lost my job due to COVID and domestic violence so I haven’t... Read more »
Even if you have a 12 month written lease, the nonpayment of rent is a breach of the leased and as such the landlord can proceed with a notice for you to pay or quit and then begin legal proceedings to have you evicted. The loss of your job or the domestic abuse is not a defense to nonpayment of...Read more »
We are trying to leave our lease agreement early. The people we rent from live elsewhere but told us to tell anyone that they still live here so they can receive government help. Would I be responsible for early termination fees. And do I have to go to court for this?
Based on your stated facts, it sounds like the people who are the landlords are committing a fraud on the government. If you make statements to anyone, government or otherwise, that support the fraudulent commission of that crime, you will be an accessory to the crime and could be charge...Read more »
I moved into a rental as a third party not on the lease, though I had the Landlord's permission. I have been residing and paying rent to my roommate for 7 months, and she paid the landlord. The lease was on an automatic renewal set to end July 31st and my roommate (who is on the lease) did not... Read more »
It seems to me that there are a few different ways this could be interpreted.You could be regarded as merely a permitted occupant for the last seven months under the lease with your roommate, which creates no independent obligation on your part. It also provides no protections for you and you would...Read more »
We were required to hire a cleaning company at move out, which we did. My landlord was not happy with the work, so the cleaning company offered to come back and clean the places she was not happy with. She declined and said she would do it herself. She is now trying to charge us $100.00 for her... Read more »
A Landlord is not permitted to charge a tenant for the Landlord's own time cleaning the premises. It must be an out of pocket payment for the Landlord to have a right to charge the Tenant for cleaning the premises. You will have to sue the Landlord in small claims court for the $100.
My current tenants gave me notice on July 18, 2020 that they would be moving August 15th. They originally were set to leave December 2020. Because they are leaving mid-month, they are refusing to pay the full amount of rent. They are saying they will pay half or they will require access to the... Read more »
If this is the initial lease term, the 60 day notice likely refers to notice required prior to the end of the lease term - not notice at any point during the lease term. Without seeing your lease, my guess is that the tenants are not able to break the lease and if they refuse to allow you access...Read more »
I am renting to a person using a housing voucher in the state of Virginia'. We are asking &1750.00/mo. The program will only pay $1573 and the tenant has agreed to pay the remainder of $177.00. The issue is, the housing authority cannot know that the rent is higher than the monthly... Read more »
I think you know what you should do and do not need someone to tell you. As a general rule is that if you feel uncomfortable to do something then do not do it. Alternatively, call a lawyer near you who will explain how this works.
I have a second home that a person wants to rent. It is not up to code and would not pass the laws under the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. The person wanting to rent is a contractor and wants to make the repairs himself in lieu of rent. We would not charge any rent for an agreed... Read more »
The definition of the "premises" is generally reflected in the lease. To determine what is the definition, you need to look at your lease to see if the electric panel box is included or not included as a part of the "premises."
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