Posts in Landlord / Tenant
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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