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Landlord and Tenant Issues

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  • Can My Landlord Bar My Guest From My Rental Property?

    A landlord can keep your guest from coming to the house or apartment that you rent if that person breaks the rules in the lease or breaks the law. This applies to rental properties covered by the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (VRLTA) and to mobile home parks covered by the Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act (MHLRA). Read More

    By:
    Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.
  • Repairs and Maintenance of Rental Property

    You have the legal right to live in a home that is safe and healthy. You must follow the law to get bad rental housing repaired. To fix problems that make a home unsafe, the law divides the duties between the landlord and the tenant. How these duties are divided depends on whether your rental housing is covered by the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (VRLTA). Generally speaking, the VRLTA applies to apartment complexes, regardless of the number of apartments; single-family houses if the landlord rents out more than two of them; and hotels, motels, or boarding houses if the tenant has been renting for more than 90 days or has a written lease for more than 90 days. If your rental is not covered by the VRLTA, there may be other state laws that apply to your situation. If you do not know which law applies, you should seek advice from an attorney. Read More

    By:
    Virginia Legal Aid Society, Inc.
  • What Happens If I Am Late On My Rent?

    What happens if I am late on my rent? Read More

    By:
    Virginia Poverty Law Center