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What Landlords Need To Know In Fairfax County
What Landlords Need To Know In Fairfax County
What Landlords Need To Know In Fairfax County
What Landlords Need To Know In Fairfax County
What Landlords Need To Know In Fairfax County
What Landlords Need To Know In Fairfax County
What Landlords Need To Know In Fairfax County
What Landlords Need To Know In Fairfax County
What Landlords Need To Know In Fairfax County
What Landlords Need To Know In Fairfax County
What Landlords Need To Know In Fairfax County
What Landlords Need To Know In Fairfax County
What Landlords Need To Know In Fairfax County
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What Landlords Need To Know In Fairfax County

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This presentation details some of the rights, rules, and regulations of landlord/tenant relations as they are laid out under the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (VRLTA). What landlords need …

This presentation details some of the rights, rules, and regulations of landlord/tenant relations as they are laid out under the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (VRLTA). What landlords need to know about Virginia Uniform Building Code and Fairfax County Human Rights Ordinances are noted as well.

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  • 1. What Landlords Need to Know
    Consumer Affairs Branch
    Fairfax County Department of
    Cable and Consumer Services
    fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer
  • 2. The Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (VRLTA)
    Establishes the rights and obligations of tenants and landlords in Virginia.
    In Fairfax County, the VRLTA applies to all apartment buildings and other multi-family dwellings.
    Single-family, townhouse, and condominium rental agreements, where the landlord owns and rents four or fewer units are exempt.
    Tenant-Landlord Laws
    fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer
  • 3. Chapter 13 – Landlord and Tenant
    This Virginia code applies if the landlord is exempt from the VRLTA, or if there is not a lease agreement.
    This chapter is referred to as “common law”.
    The lease should state the full agreement between the tenant and landlord.
    Tenant-Landlord Laws
    fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer
  • 4. Chapter 12 – Tenant-Landlord Relations
    The Fairfax County Code, applies to rental agreements for dwelling units located within Fairfax County.
    This code requires landlords to post a sign advising tenants of the existence of the Tenant-Landlord Commission.
    Outlines the duties of Consumer Affairs and the Tenant Landlord Commission.
    Tenant-Landlord Laws
    fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer
  • 5. Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code
    Establishes the minimum standards for health and safety in all dwellings occupied by a tenant.
    Applies to all rental agreements.
    Enforced by the Fairfax County Zoning Enforcement Branch, and the Fairfax County Health Department.
    Tenant-Landlord Laws
    fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer
  • 6. Fairfax County Human Rights Ordinance
    Prohibits discrimination in housing on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or familial status.
    Contact the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission at 703 324-2953 or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hrc
    Tenant-Landlord Laws
    fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer
  • 7. Length of the tenancy
    Amount of rent per month
    Amount of security deposit
    Fees: late fee, application fee, pet fee, etc.
    Number of people who can live at the rental
    Which party is responsible for utilities and other costs
    What’s in the Lease Agreement?
    fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer
  • 8. If pets are allowed and if so, the terms and conditions
    If the tenant can sublet or have a roommate
    The landlord’s access to the rental unit
    Landlord’s responsibilities
    Tenant’s responsibilities
    Rules governing behavior
    What’s in the Lease Agreement?
    fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer
  • 9. Move-In Inspection
    fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer
  • 10. Move-Out Inspection
    fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer
  • 11. Maintain the dwelling unit in a decent, safe, and sanitary condition, and comply with all building and housing codes that affect health and safety.
    When the landlord provides appliances or services, they must be maintained in good and safe working order and condition
    electrical
    plumbing, sanitary
    heating
    ventilating
    air-conditioning
    appliances
    other facilities including elevators
    Repairs and Maintenance
    fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer
  • 12. Step 1: Notice to Tenants
    5 day Pay or Quit
    30 Day Notice to Vacate
    Step 2: Unlawful Detainer
    Step 3: Writ of Possession in Unlawful Detainer
    Step 4: Eviction
    Eviction
    fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer
  • 13. Contact the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch for more information:
    12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 433
    Fairfax, Virginia 22035
    703-222-8435 TTY 711
    www.fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer
    consumer@fairfaxcounty.gov
    fairfaxcounty.gov/consumer
    Contact Consumer Affairs

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