APLG Can Help You Enforce Your Rights As A Landlord Or A Tenant
Most people can usually find a place to rent and sign a residential lease with little problem. There is very little need to consult with an attorney before signing a lease, unless it is unusually long and complex. However, we recognize that sometimes landlords and tenants will end up in fundamental disputes about their respective rights and responsibilities under the lease (and governing law). This is when both parties could save a lot of time, money and grief by consulting with an attorney who can carefully review the lease agreement, evaluate it in light of Virginia law and help a party with legitimate claims enforce them through the legal process.
The most important governing law in Virginia is the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (“VRLTA”), which was updated as recently as 2011. It applies to all rentals in multi-unit apartment buildings, hotels and manufactured home parks in which the tenant has resided formore than 30 days, and some single-family dwellings. It may also apply to public housing (such as Section 8) when its provisions are consistent with the regulations of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The provisions of the VRLTA can be found in Va. Code Sections 55-248.2 through 55-248.40.
It is especially important to consult an attorney about the VRLTA when a lease agreement is vague and incomplete, or has only been made orally between the parties. Many times disputes will arise over the payment of rent, the payment of fee/penalties, the payment and return of deposits, maintenance and repairs of the leased premises, the expiration of the lease and the required notice periods before the landlord or tenant can terminate the lease. These and more issues can be evaluated and potentially resolved by APLG for a modest fee. If you are a tenant facing eviction, VPLG will also consider the filing of bankruptcy to give you more time and to free up money for rent.