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Rixon Rafter’s Legal Guides

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  • Filing a Tenants Assertion in Virginia

    When a tenant desires to hold a landlord accountable for failing to live up the expectations as outlined in Code of Virginia, the County Housing Code Regulations or the lease agreement, a tenant may file a Tenants Assertion with the General District Court in his or her respective county.

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  • Filing a Bill of Particulars in Virginia

    This guide explains what a Bill of Particulars is, what it is for, why the courts need it, and how to fill out a simple form that sufficies as a Bill of Particulars in Virginia.

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  • Using Your State's Landlord Tenant Act

    All too frequently landlords drag their feet when it comes to replacing appliances, fixing air conditioning, putting in grounded safety electrical outlets. Tenants call the management office, leave voice mails, and send emails to no avail. Tenants then decide to withhold rent and...

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  • Establishing Personal Jurisdiction in Virginia

    Personal Jurisdiction the basis by which a court has authority to impose decisions on individuals is established in several ways in Virginia. Statutory Basis of In personam jurisdiction General Jurisdiction- VA statute allows IPJ over people who are i. (1) Served here or (2...

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  • Subject Matter Jurisdiction in Virginia

    Subject Matter Jurisdiction In Virginia Not only must a court in Virginia have personal jurisdiction over a defendant, the court must also have Subject Matter Jurisdiction (SMJ)the right court for the right issue. What follows is a brief review of the various Virginia courts and ...

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  • Venue in Virginia

    Venue in Virginia is deciding in what local you will pursue your case. Some general rules regarding Venue in Virginia: VA will enforce a contractual provision for venue. If venue is okay for any defendant, its okay for all defendants in category B (see below). If one defendant ...

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  • Service of Process In Virginia

    Service of Process Can be waived-depends on in state or out of state (the time limits) To serve process there are three methods, in descending order of preferred priority: For Service on a Virginia resident- 1. must personally serve 2. Next would e substituted service (to a famil...

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  • Virginia Landlords and Tenants Exempt from the VA Residential Landlord Tenant Act

    The Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (Va. Code 55-248.5.) Outlines those who are exempt fromthe provisions of the VRLTA. "A. Except as specifically made applicable by 55-248.21:1, the following conditions are not governed by this chapter: 1. Residence at a public or p...

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  • Notice Requirements Under the Virginia Landlord Tenant Act

    The Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (Va.Code 55-248.6.) outlines the notice requirements that landlord and tenants must adhere to in fulfilling their roles under a residential lease agreement. The Act states: "Notice" means notice given in writing by either regular mai...

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  • Renter's Insurance Requirements Under Virginia's Residential Landlord Tenant Act

    The Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (Va.Code 55-248.7:2.) addresses renters insurance requirements for tenants and options for landlords. The Act says: A. Damage Insurance. A landlord may require as a condition of tenancy that a tenant have commercial insurance covera...

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