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Rixon Charles Rafter III

Rixon Rafter’s Legal Guides

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  • Prohibited Lease Provisions in Virginia

    The Virginia Landlord Tenant Act (Va.Code 55-248.9.) explains the various illegalprovisions that sometimes appear in Virginia leases Prohibited provisions in rental agreements. The Act states that: A. A rental agreement shall not contain provisions that the tenant: 1. Agrees to ...

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  • Confidentiality of Tenant Records

    I frequently get questions from tenants who want to know what their landlord can and can't reveal to third party's. Virginia's Residential Landlord Tenant Act (Va.Code 55-248.9:1.)makes clear the protections afforded tenants in Virginia. The act says. "No landlord or managing ag...

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  • Notice Requirements of the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act

    Many tenants ask what their landlords can and cant do with their personal information revealed as part of the application process. The Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (VaCode 55-248.9:1.) makes clear what protections are afforded Virginians. The Act states:. No landlord...

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  • Landlord Duty to Provide Fit Premises in Virginia

    In Virginia, the Residential Landlord Tenant Act (Va.Code 55-248.13) landlords are required to maintain what the Commonwealth calls fit premises. The Act says that: A. The landlord shall: 1. Comply with the requirements of applicable building and housing codes materially affect...

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  • Security Deposits in Virginia

    Many tenants have questions about their security deposit. What it can be withheld for and when it must be returned. The Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act Va.Code 55-248.15:1. clearly lays out security deposits basics that all tenants should know. The Act says: A. A landlo...

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  • Tenant Responsibilities to Landlords in Virginia

    In Virginia, the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (Va.Code 55-248.16.) outlines the responsibilities of Tenants to their landlord and to the property they lease. The Act says: A. In addition to the provisions of the rental agreement, the tenant shall: 1. Comply with all ...

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  • Legal Services for Residents of Northern Virginia who Can't Afford an Attorney, but Need Legal Help

    Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) is a non-profit public interest law firm that provides free legal assistance to low-income residents of Northern Virginia. Our mission is topromotejustice by providing free, high-quality legal advocacy andinformation for elderly, di...

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  • Withholding Rent When Landlord Fails to Correct a Safety or Fire Hazard Issue

    In Virginia, residential tenants may defend themselves against a charge of nonpayment of rent by showing that there is a condition on the property that is a fire hazard or serious threat to live. This includes lack of running water, lack of heat, light electricity or adequate se...

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  • Tenant's Assertions and Escrow Accounts in Virginia

    Tenants Assertions and Escrow Accounts in Virginia The tenant may file a Tenants Assertion in a general district court where the property is located by a declaration setting forth the assertion and asking for one or more forms of relief. The tenant may assert that there exists u...

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  • Some of the Basic Tenant Responsibilities in Virginia

    In Virginia tenants have the responsibility to maintain the property they lease/rent. Under the Commonwealths Residential Landlord Tenant Act, tenants must comply with lease provision plus the must comply with building and housing codes materially affecting health and safety. Te...

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