I am a tenant. I have a rental agreement, covered by the VRLTA. The rental agreement states a rental amount and provides for an initial 12 month lease. After this the agreement continues on a month to month basis. There are no written provisions for rent increases.
The specific continuation clause reads: "After expiration of the initial lease term the rental agreement shall continue on a month to month basis".
The VRLTA says the original rental agreement must expire before landlord is allowed to raise rent on a month to month tenant. Does my agreement expire after 12 months? Does the word "continue" as opposed to "renew" mean it does not expire? Does this allow the landlord to raise the rent at will after 12 months? Or is the rent fixed until a 30 day rental termination notice is given?Relevant VRLTA text from § 55-248.37(C): In the event of termination of a rental agreement and the tenant remains in possession with the agreement of the landlord either as a hold-over tenant or a month-to-month tenant and no new rental agreement is entered into, the terms of the terminated agreement shall remain in effect and govern the hold-over or month-to-month tenancy, except that the amount of rent shall be either as provided in the terminated rental agreement or the amount set forth in a written notice to the tenant, provided that such new rent amount shall not take effect until the next rent due date coming 30 days after the notice.