Lease Contracts: Development, VRLTA 2018 Changes, and Lease Reviews

In 1974, the Virginia legislature established the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (“VRLTA”), which can now be found at §§ 55-248.2 et. seq. Among its purposes, the VRLTA aims “to simplify, clarify, modernize and revise the law governing the rental of dwelling units and the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants; to encourage landlords and tenants to maintain and improve the quality of housing; and to establish a single body of law relating to landlord and tenant relations throughout the Commonwealth.” This act has undergone numerous revisions with significant amendment this year alone.

Notable changes to the VRLTA which took effect this year include…

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Serving Virginia Housing Providers

Last year, the Pew Research Center posted an article titled, “More U.S. households are renting than at any point in 50 years,” in which the authors noted that the national percentage of household heads who rent their home had risen to 36.6% in 2016 . . . . The importance of the landlord in facilitating housing for this large swath of the population is clear. What may not be clear to most is the amount of investment, risk, and attention shouldered by the landlord. . . . Among our practice areas at Shenandoah Legal Group, we represent landlords and aim to make protecting their interests as simple as possible. We help landlords obtain possession of their distressed properties, to collect amounts owed for unpaid rent and damages, to resolve security deposit disputes, and to defend against tenant assertions.

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Representation for Virginia Lenders

For much of Shenandoah Legal Group’s 24-year history, a large part of the practice of SLG’s attorneys has concerned providing legal guidance and expertise to lenders. Important among that client base are local and regional banks and credit unions operating in Virginia. In assisting local lenders, SLG has grown to offer an extensive array of creditor-tailored legal services across a wide spectrum of credit situations from consumer default in a retail setting to distressed debt for educational, home, medical, automotive, or commercial purchases. . . . SLG welcomes local and regional banks and credit unions to contact our office for a free consultation. Our office can be reached at 540-344-4490 or through our Contact Us form at shenlegal.com/contact.

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Shenandoah Legal Group Attorney Joins the Commercial Law League of America (“CLLA”)

SLG is pleased to announce that James A. Cooper, Esq. has joined the Commercial Law League of America (“CLLA”) as of May 25, 2018. Formed in 1895, the CLLA is a national organization of attorneys and other experts in the credit and finance industries with nearly 3,000 members. The CLLA seeks as its core purpose to be the leader in providing legal, educational and professional services to the business and credit communities. One focus of James’s practice is on commercial collections, and this membership is an exciting advance as a network and resource for his emerging expertise.

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Office Expansion: New Work Space at SLG

In spring of this year, SLG undertook an office expansion in our location at the Brandon Point Offices on Brandon Ave. in Roanoke, VA. We are excited to announce that the expansion is complete. The new space will be used for a new mail work area, office space, and file storage. Shenandoah Legal Group, P.C. is a law firm specializing in Creditor’s Rights, and offers a full range of legal services to Creditors, including Foreclosures, Landlord Tenant, Collections, Bankruptcy, Detinue (Replevin), and Subrogation.  If you have questions or need assistance, feel free to contact us at 540-344-4490, or by email at info@shenlegal.com.

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Celebrating 24 Years of Service!

Shenandoah Legal Group, P.C. is extremely proud to have marked our 24th anniversary.  When the firm’s founder, Jeffrey Fleischhauer, opened the doors in February, 1994, he made a commitment to excellent service for creditors and their cases throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The past 24 years have seen the firm move to three different locations, and serve hundreds of clients in thousands of cases.  Although Jeff is no longer with us, his memory and ideals inform all aspects of the firm’s practice. Today, the firm is located in the Brandon Point Offices building, in Roanoke, Virginia  and continues its long-held aim to deliver quality customer service and creditor representation in the practice of law. . . .

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Tuesday's Gone: Recovering on Unreceived Accounts Receivable

While J. Wellington Wimpy’s good-old catchphrase, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today,” has become an expression of financial irresponsibility, paying later for goods and services consumed now is commonplace. Our modern economy runs largely on credit. . . . But no matter how this credit system is set up, sometimes “Tuesday’s gone with the wind” with the seller or lender left unpaid. . . .

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Virginia Registered Agents

Every business entity legally authorized to transact business in Virginia is required by state law to designate a registered office and a registered agent within the Commonwealth. This designation is required beginning at the time the business forms in the case of a domestic entity, and is required at the time any foreign entity becomes authorized to transact business in Virginia. Thereafter, the entity must continuously maintain a registered agent and office. . . .

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