F. Paul Maloof's answer With regard to the harassment, you can go to court and file a request for a Protective Order. As for the lack of heat, you can call the office of housing code enforcement for the city/county in which you live and make a complaint. The common law, in landlord-tenant matters, provides a Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment to the tenant so if the Landlord continues to disturb you, you can bring a lawsuit against the landlord for a breach of that covenant.
F. Paul Maloof's answer When there are more than one tenant on a month to month tenancy, all tenants must be uniform with regard to the termination of the lease. If one tenant does not agree to terminate the month to month tenancy, then the lease will not terminate. There is no such thing as a tenancy at will.
F. Paul Maloof's answer If your original written lease was not renewed by a new written lease, then you are on a month to month lease. By the Code of Virginia, in such a lease either the landlord or the tenant can give the other party a 30 day written notice to terminate the lease. The written notice must be given in the month before the last month that rent will be due. For example, a written notice on February 27, 2019 will terminate the month to month lease as of March 31, 2019. Even if you moved out before the...
F. Paul Maloof's answer The answer to your question about whether the landlord can charge you, the tenant, for painting the apartment when you move out is found in the provisions of the lease. If the lease states that at the end of the lease term, the tenant shall pay for the apartment to be repainted, then the tenant has that monetary obligation and must pay for it. If the lease is silent on the tenant's obligation for repainting the apartment, then the tenant has no contractual obligation.
F. Paul Maloof's answer Either tenant has the right to remain in the Premises until the end of the Lease's Term, even of one co-tenant gives notice of an early termination. I suspect the lease states that both tenants are jointly and severally liable for the payment of rent until the end of the Lease's Term. You need to provide written notice to the PM that you do not intend to terminate the Premises until the end of the Lease's Term, and keep a copy for your records. Any showing of the Premises without advanced...
F. Paul Maloof's answer If the lease you signed has a provision that allows the landlord to require certified funds after previous late payments, the contract's terms are binding on you. Yo uh should demand a copy of the written lease as signed by tenant and landlord.
F. Paul Maloof's answer The lease you signed should have on the document the date that the lease term begins and the date the lease terms ends. If the end of the lease term is 4/29/19, that is binding on you, the tenant, and you must vacate the premises, unless the landlord grants you an extension.
F. Paul Maloof's answer You may want to call the Office of Building Code Enforcement of the city/county in which the premises is located and make a formal complaint about the bed bugs. They should send out an inspector regarding your complaint.
Daniel P Leavitt's answer Check your rental agreement first and also see if the Virginia Landlord Tenant Agreement covers this situation. It may be something you want to retain a lawyer to investigate further as they can tell you what rights you may or may not have and also your liability if you choose to breach your agreement (assuming that it would be a breach and it may not). It's possible the landlord is breaching but you really should pay a lawyer to investigate or do the work yourself on it.
F. Paul Maloof's answer In Virginia, the general rule is that when the Tenant takes possession of the premises, the Tenant is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of the premises, such as the shelf. This provision for maintenance and repairs should be contained in the written lease, if you signed one.
F. Paul Maloof's answer You should document the situation and your position in a written statement to your Landlord. If you do not vacate the premises voluntarily, the Landlord will have to file an Unlawful Detainer with the Court to seek a court order for possession. You can dispute the claims made in the Unlawful Detainer and attempt to persuade the Judge that you are correct and the Landlord is wrong
F. Paul Maloof's answer Generally, the lease's provisions will address this issue. If you were not in possession of the premises when the debris occurred, you are not responsible for the removal of that debris.
F. Paul Maloof's answer You can bring a lawsuit against the landlord for breach of the lease agreement but you have the burden of proof to persuade the judge that your claim should be decided in your favor. If you proceed on your own without an attorney, you may have problems with the proof.
F. Paul Maloof's answer Generally in Virginia, if the lease for the land states that the Tenant is responsible for maintenance of the land, then the Tenant is responsible for the trees. If there is no mention of who is responsible for maintenance of the land, the tree is a fixture of the land and it generally is the landlord's responsibility to care for the trees. Each case will depend on the facts on a case by case basis.
F. Paul Maloof's answer This sounds like an oral rental agreement, which is allowed in Virginia. The Code of Virginia states that within 30 days after the tenant returns possession to the landlord (return of the keys), an itemization of the deductibles, which are from damages to the premises, from the security deposit must be given in writing to the tenant. Then, within 45 days after the tenant returns possession to the landlord, the net amount of the security deposit must be returned to the tenant. Generally, a...
F. Paul Maloof's answer You may certainly sue the landlord for overcharging you rent since this is a breach of contract claim. The rent amount that you are obligated to pay is reflected in your new lease contract. Anything over that amount is an overcharge.
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