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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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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
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

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
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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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
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

1 Answer | Asked in Government Contracts, Landlord - Tenant, Public Benefits and Personal Injury for Virginia on
Q: I lived in a government housing project and pretty much the whole time I did I had to endure and suffer the reprecussion

Of Black Mold growing and thriving in certain damp spots of the apartment along with other numerous things that I just let slide because of my situation and things I could do about it at the time. Is there anything I can do to result in my benefit?

Seth E Allen
Seth E Allen
answered on Feb 27, 2024

In Virginia, you can file a tenant's assertion asking the landlord to make certain repairs if it is a material non-compliance with the lease, a violation of law, a fire hazard, or a serious threat to the life/health/safety of the tenant if not promptly treated. There are things you have to do... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Can i have a tenant assessment removed from record?

The lawyers made an agreement( without my consent) and case was dismissed but still shows up on record keeping me from getting another place to rent Actually a Tenants Assertion...

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answered on Feb 16, 2024

Your terminology "tenant assessment" does not have meaning in Virginia. Do you mean an Unlawful Detainer? If you had an unlawful detainer that was dismissed, then you had a good outcome. You can file for expungement of a dismissed unlawful detainer 30 days after the date of dismissal.

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Q: I rented a room from a friend,he kicked me out, no warning,his gf kept all my belongings what can I do to get it back?

I lived with him for 6months paid rent on time 2 months ahead actually. One day he tells me get out I was hospitalized due to my health and now his gf refuses to give me all my stuff she kept what she wanted and gave me a basket of trash and clothes random things. I just want my things.

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answered on Feb 11, 2024

I'm sorry this happened to you. If you lived in Virginia, it sounds like you have been "Unlawfully Excluded" from your residence, which is unlawful under Section 55.1-1243.1 of the Code of Virginia. If a judge finds that you have been unlawfully excluded, the judge can award you... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Landlord - Tenant and Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Q: What do I need to do when a past tenet takes me with a warrent in detinue for belonging that wasn't left on the property

I received a warrant in detinue from a past tenant for belongings that wasn't left on the property

Seth E Allen
Seth E Allen
answered on Feb 26, 2024

I agree with the previous two answers. You are going to have to dispute the factual allegations made against you or a default judgment could be entered. Depending on how the tenancy ended could help in your defense. For example, did the tenant abandon the property, were they evicted and, if so,... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Landlord - Tenant and Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Q: What do I need to do when a past tenet takes me with a warrent in detinue for belonging that wasn't left on the property

I received a warrant in detinue from a past tenant for belongings that wasn't left on the property

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answered on Feb 7, 2024

A Warrant in Detinue is a pleading used in a Virginia General District Court or small claims court to recover specific personal property, or the value thereof. The Plaintiff has the burden of proving title and that such specific property in the possession or control of the Defendant, or was... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Mh roommates rental lease doesn’t say I can’t sublease and they never answered my call on it when I asked them twice.

If they’re not answering can I just sublease my part of the lease?

Robert Alex Fleming
Robert Alex Fleming
answered on Jan 5, 2024

It is my understanding that in Virginia, the right to sublease is not automatically granted to tenants. Whether or not a tenant is allowed to sublet depends on the terms of their lease. For a comprehensive understanding and legal interpretation of these provisions, it is advisable to consult with... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: I pay rent with someone since on lease but don’t live there and the company took echeck option off without telling me

Do I have to pay the convenience fee since I was never told? I also don’t have any keys just to make sure that my roommate doesn’t have someone else live in there while I’m paying half her rent until she finds someone, can I legally get keys? I want to get out of this lease it’s a... View More

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answered on Jan 4, 2024

It's essential to carefully review the terms of your lease agreement to understand your rights and obligations. If the lease allows for joint payments or specifies a method for rent payment, you may need to adhere to those terms. However, if there have been changes to payment options without... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Can a landlord raise my rent and change the dates of the contract?

My 1-year contract ended at the end of September 2023. I spoke with my landlord in July about renewing (I brought it up). She said she would love for me to renew for another year and never mentioned any changes to the contract. In September, I hadn't heard anything more about the contract, so... View More

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answered on Jan 3, 2024

In Virginia, a landlord generally has the right to increase rent upon providing proper notice, usually 30 days before the end of the rental period. However, the specific terms and conditions regarding rent increases and lease renewals should be outlined in the original lease agreement. If your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: My niece by marriage moved out a week ago but left her belongings in my home what should I do

She stayed in my home and never paid any rent

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answered on Dec 8, 2023

In such a situation, it's important to handle your niece's belongings with care and legality. Firstly, communicate with her, preferably in writing, to request she collects her belongings by a specific date. Give a reasonable time frame, considering her circumstances.

If she...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Two bro own house . One lives in house, one at the lake Can lake bro come in home whenever no notice Can I trespass him.

Property was inherited from deceased parents. Older bro lives in house, gets his mail there and pays all house hold bills from home. The small bro lives elsewhere for years bu shows up and uses his childhoid key to come in house unannounced and uninvited. The last time he did this we called the... View More

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Dec 2, 2023

If one brother wishes exclusive use of the house, then he needs to buy the other brother’s half. Merely paying the bills doesn’t change that both brothers own it. Both brothers may use the undivided whole house. I know of no requirement for notice unless there is a lease in place giving... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Can a landlord deduct for carpet cleaning fees when I have provided a receipt that proves I already had the service done

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

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answered on Nov 13, 2023

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...
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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: What is the best way to make an occupant leave your home permanently? Can it be done in 30 days?
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Nov 1, 2023

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

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1 Answer | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: In Va can a landlord evict a person for marijuana on the property
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answered on Oct 19, 2023

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

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Did the recent updates to the VA Landlord and Tenant Act increase time limits for security deposit returns?

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

Ross Cameron Hart
Ross Cameron Hart
answered on Aug 17, 2023

Security Deposits are governed by 55.1-1226 of the Code of Virginia - you can find it at this link:

https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title55.1/chapter12/section55.1-1226/

It specifies 45 days from the date defined in the law (earlier timelines were a bit shorter) so it may be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Can I sue my apartment for not fixing AC for over a year. Causing financial and emotional harm.

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

Ross Cameron Hart
Ross Cameron Hart
answered on Jul 23, 2023

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

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: What happens if a landlord fails to give you an itemized deduction list in the 45 day period?

Received on the 47 day mark for 2200 additional dollars past security deposit

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answered on Jul 17, 2023

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

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