Essentials of Landlord-Tenant Law in Virginia Seminar Materials

Publication Date: March 2018
Available Formats: Searchable PDF via immediate download
Pages: 62

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This comprehensive, stand-alone publication is direct from a March 2018 seminar.

Virginia’s Landlord-Tenant law traces its roots to England’s common law and was codified in the Virginia Landlord Tenant Act, or the VLTA, in the Code of Virginia. Virginia later adopted the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, or VRLTA, which was based on the Uniform Landlord Tenant Act, and which regulates virtually every aspect of the residential landlord-tenant relationship. Why is this important? A residential landlord-tenant relationship requires consideration of elements that fall outside the lease agreement, to include not only compliance with the VRLTA but adherence to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and oftentimes federal bankruptcy law. It follows that a lease for residential real property is not just another contract but one involving present, possessory rights in real property emanating from ancient common law and codified for modern use. On the other hand, practitioners look not to the Code but to the law of contracts when advising clients on commercial lease matters.

This course provided a basic overview of residential and commercial landlord-tenant law with an emphasis on the VRLTA. Focus areas include various notice requirements, actions commonly brought by tenants, and issues that frequently arise in collecting rent and damages. The material briefly covers bankruptcy law as it affects landlord-tenant proceedings. Finally, some of the recent changes in the VRLTA were discussed.

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Table of Contents

I. VIRGINIA RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD-TENANT ACT 4
        A. HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT
        B. RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PARTIES
        C. REMEDIES
            Notice of default
            Court Action To Enforce The Lease
            Fees
        D. ACCEPTING RENT WITH RESERVATION
        E. THE SECURITY DEPOSIT
        F. ABANDONMENT

II. COMMERCIAL LEASES 18
        A. UNLAWFUL DETAINERS
        B. SELF-HELP EVICTIONS
        C. FIXTURES
        D. CONSTRUCTIVE EVICTION

III. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS 24
        A. FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT
            Application of the FDCPA to Landlord-Tenant Matters
            Attorneys as “Debt Collectors”
            Initial Demand/Notice of Debt
            Overshadowing
            Debt Validation
            Venue and “Closed Border” States
        B. BANKRUPTCY
            Automatic Stay
            Proof of Claim
        C. GUIDELINES FOR THE PRACTITIONER

APPENDIX: FORMS AND RESOURCES

Authors

Elizabeth Godwin-Jones

P. Matthew Roberts

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