Your Professional Guide to Virginia Landlord and Tenant Law
When it comes to landlord & tenant law, the firm of James W. Hilldrup, PLC offers the kind of quality legal counseling that comes from attorneys devoted to landlord and tenant issues throughout Virginia. We can provide you with a Fredericksburg landlord lawyer who will help you draft effective and enforceable leases, guide you through the many rules and regulations, advise you on your responsibilities and ensure that you are able to protect your rights.
Effective Fredericksburg Landlord Attorneys
Our firm can provide you with assistance pertaining to any aspect of tenant law in Virginia, including matters such as:
- Lease Drafting - Having a clear and proper lease document is the first key to avoiding disputes in the landlord-tenant relationship. Let us take care of all of your Virginia real estate contract needs.
- Security Deposits – Amounts are generally limited to two months’ rent. Interest can be owed for deposits held over 13 months. However, the landlord can withhold the security deposit for a number of reasons such as unpaid rent or damage to the property.
- Notifications and Inspections – The landlord should inspect the premises upon the start of a new tenancy and note any pre-existing damage or indication of mold. Tenants must be informed of any mortgage default notices given on the property. Recent changes to Virginia tenant law also require the disclosure of any known existence of defective drywall that was produced in China. Specific laws regulate the timing and manner of these regulations. Let a Fredericksburg residential real estate attorney from James W. Hilldrup, PLC advise you on how to best comply with or enforce any notification and inspection requirements.
- Evictions and Unlawful Detainers – Virginia landlords are not authorized to unilaterally evict tenants or cut off their utilities. Eviction actions must be done with court approval. The process involves a five day pay-or-quit notice, followed by a warrant for unlawful detainer before eviction proceedings can start. Each phase of the process is subject to its own set of deadlines and specific procedures. An experienced landlord attorney can help to ensure that the proper eviction procedures are followed and that your rights are fully preserved.
Whether you require a residential real estate lawyer, a zoning lawyer or a commercial real estate attorney, James W. Hilldrup, PLC can guide you through any legal hurdles in landlord –tenant law and help you to enforce your rights.
Contact a Fredericksburg Landlord & Tenant Lawyer Today
If you have any questions, problems, disputes or document drafting needs with regards to landlord or tenant issues throughout Virginia, contact our offices today where you will be put in touch with an experienced Fredericksburg attorney who is ready to assist you.