(Closed) Any bees familiar with Virginia landlord/tenant laws…..(kind of long)

posted 8 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t know anything about the laws but I’m from Norfolk. I looked at tons (seriously 20-25) apartments over the summer and I would say it is odd that they have to pay for water, sewer, and trash because I don’t think any of the places I looked did.

Do they rent from a company or individual? If you don’t mind me asking, what area are they in? It sounds like your sister is in the Navy. I do know there are certain laws to protect Navy renters with situations like deployment or having to move, but since I’m not Navy I don’t know exactly what they are. You should have sis look into that though.

Sorry I can’t be more help :/

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m not in VA but I had a similar experience where the duplex was on a single meter and I was the one stuck paying what I thought was MY bill when it reality it was the bill for BOTH units. The utility company came out and re-did it so that they were on seperate meters but then it was a huge mess trying to figure out which meter was which since we had 3 meters out there for a while. The landlord should put in a separate meters for the individual units, if it was an apartment building they’d had separate meters wouldn’t they?

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

On the repairs, depends on what they were – big things, or small things?  As far as the meter thing, unless their lease says they split (which would be very weird) this is a big rip off and they should get tough. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Do a search for Virginia Landlord Tenant Act to download a free copy of her legal rights. I don’t think a landlord can charge her for the utilities like that unless they have separate meters or the landlord has meters on every fixture. I don’t know the laws in VA, but usually there is a time limit set for each type of repair, depending on if it’s emergency, urgent, etc. Make sure she keps a record of all communications and everything that has happened.

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I also want add: you can look up in the county or city records if it is a legal duplex or not. When you down load the Landlord Tenant Act  look closely at:

§55-248.21:1. Early termination of rental agreement by military personnel

This might provide them a way to terminate their lease.

FYI- I’m  not a lawyer & don’t hold me accountable for anything. Just trying to point you in the right direction!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I wanted to ask, are iehter of them in the military- I ask because of the location. We use to live nearby.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Sorry, I totally missed the part about them being deployed. My FI is in the Navy and we used to live in the next town over. They should be able get out of their lease because this will be seen as taking advantage of federal employees. Legal should be able to get it all straightened out.

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