I live in a condominium which I rent in Virginia with way over five units and don't have a dead bolt or peephole. In fact, most of the units do not have these two things. Is the landlord suppose to install them when you move in or is it up to the tenants to ask for them?
I am assuming you are asking this concerning this statute... https://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+55-248.13C1
The Virginia Landlord/Tenant Act only applies to certain Landlords. Mainly those that rent more than 2 places. So this law may not apply to your lease agreement.
The Code allows for a County/City (local government) to pass an ordinance to mandate those items. Your local government may not have done that and as such it wouldn't be required. These requirements are for Exterior Swinging Doors (meaning those that go directly outside). If your Condo opens to a common hallway, even if the steps above were met, the law would not apply to your building.
As there are a lot of factors that come into play with this situation, it may be worth your time contacting a local attorney and meeting with them to discuss this matter (and maybe the process for resolution). You can find an Attorney in your area by using the Find a Lawyer feature above.
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While I was looking at the code section and fending off calls, Mr. Hays answered perfectly.
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Mr. Hays is directly on point. Having the knowledge that the landlord-tenant act may or may not apply, you should consult with an attorney about the specific facts of your case.
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