Your Rights as a Virginia Tenant
Your Rights - Under Virginia State law, you have certain rights and the property
owners have certain responsibilities to those who rent.
You have a right:
- To have, in writing, the name and address of the person authorized to manage the
premises and serve and receive notices.
- To have a copy of the statement of policy, rules and regulations, and a copy of the
rental agreement you signed.
- To a 120 day notice of a rent increase and an opportunity to meet with the landlord or
the landlord's agent.
- To object to proposed changes in rules and regulations as provided in Virginia law.
- To be free from retaliation by the landlord if a legitimate complaint is made.
- To have protection against eviction for anything except non-payment of rent, flagrant
violations of rules or illegal activity.
- Not to sign a new rental agreement. If you have a month to month rental agreement, you
cannot be forced to sign a new agreement.
- To have a written notice of rules or policy violations of which you may be accused.
- To expect the rental to be maintained in a safe and healthy condition.
- To have in place a process for informal dispute resolution.
- To have in writing the seller and the buyer of a home, a statement of the reasons for
rejection if the buyer is denied tenancy.
Note: This is only a partial list of your rights. For further information consult the
Virginia Code. This is the law that controls landlord/tenant relationships. Copies are
available by calling the Virginia State Ombudsman's office in Richmond. Return to Home Page