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Landlord and Tenant Law in Virginia
In Virginia Beach, Virginia, it's not simple to be a tenant or a landlord, and relations between those parties can occasionally get testy.
Landlords and tenants have several rights and responsibilities. What follows is a partial list of the rights that landlords and tenants have, and the corresponding duties of the other party.
Landlord's Rights in Virginia Beach, VA
The most important and most apparent right that a landlord has is the right to timely payment of rent from the tenant. This, of course, means that the tenant has a duty to pay rent.
Landlords also have a right to be paid for damage to the building that a tenant causes, either intentionally or negligently. All damage caused by a tenant, besides reasonable wear and tear, can be billed, and the landlord can deduct from the tenant's security deposit to pay for repairs.
Tenant's Rights in Virginia Beach, VA
The most basic right of a tenant is the right to a living space that's fit for human habitation. This is, after all, what they're paying the landlord to present. Landlords in Virginia Beach, Virginia are under a legal duty to make sure that their apartments are habitable. There are various factors that are considered in deciding if a unit is habitable or not, but, generally, a unit will not be deemed habitable if it lacks any of the following: running water, electricity, heat, and protection from the elements (such as proper insulation, and windows that close).
Tenants also have a right to ensure that the common areas of their apartment building are reasonably safe. Landlords are required to make sure that the common areas of their buildings meet Virginia Beach, Virginia's building codes, and that there are no conditions that create unnecessary safety hazards. They are obligated to make, at their own expense, the necessary repairs.
In the United States, and most likely under the laws of Virginia, it is unlawful for renters or sellers of real estate to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, national origin, color, or religion. Doing so can subject a landlord to harsh civil penalties. Also, they cannot discriminate based on physical disabilities, either. Tenants with physical disabilities, who are otherwise qualified to rent an apartment (they are able to pay, have good credit, etc.) are entitled to make reasonable modifications to the apartment to make it more accessible to them, and the landlord generally can't bar a tenant from doing this, as long as the modifications are not too extensive, and are reversible. The landlord can, however, require the tenant to remove the modifications, at the tenant's expense, when they move out.
And lastly, most state laws prevent landlords from arbitrarily evicting tenants. If the lease agreement is for a set period of time, the landlord generally can't evict the tenant until the lease expires, without a good reason. Valid causes for eviction include unpaid rent, illegal activities on the property, damage to the building caused by the tenant, and excessive noise.
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Landlords and tenants generally want to avoid conflict with one another. Nonetheless, conflicts are sometimes unavoidable. If you end up in a major dispute with a landlord or a tenant, a reputable Virginia Beach, Virginia landlord/tenant attorney can help.
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Life in Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, Virginia is a popular tourist town located on the Atlantic Ocean in the southeastern corner of Virginia. The city is home to an estimated population of over 440,000 residents and is the most populated city in all of Virginia. It is also the 41st largest city in the United States.
Virginia Beach is best known as a resort city and has beaches that stretch for miles with hotels, restaurants, and clubs crowding the ocean front for residents and visitors to enjoy. In fact, Virginia Beach is in the Guiness Book of World Records for having the longest "pleasure beach" in the world. Real Estate and tourism are the two biggest components to Virginia Beach economy. In addition to expansive beaches, the city is also home to 210 parks within it's city limits.
Virginia Beach is also home to a major fighter jet base for the U.S. Navy -- Naval Air Station Oceana which also helps drive the Virginia beach economy. Of the 11 public high schools in Virginia Beach one provides students with some interesting legal training. First Colonial High School has a legal student academy giving high school students classes in legal research and writing, intro to the law, and other law-based classes to prepare the students for a legal job. With a focus on the law at such a young age, it is no wonder that there are so many great lawyers in Virginia Beach. Virginia Beach lawyers are trained at some of the best schools in the country and with legal training as young as 14, it is no wonder that Virginia Beach lawyers are so good at what they do!