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The Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act: 2019 Legal Updates & Practical Guidance

1h 1m

Created on October 21, 2019



Virginia's landlord and tenant law is divided into three coexisting bodies of law. The first body of law is the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (VRLTA), which governs most, but not all residential tenancies. The VRLTA is found in Title 55 § 248.2 – 248.40. The second body of law is the Virginia Landlord Tenant Act (VLTA). The VLTA is found in Title 55 § 217 – 248. The third body of law is a combination of Virginia's common law and statutes, which are also found under Title 55 § 217 – 248.

When advising residential landlord clients regarding the drafting, interpretation, and enforcement of residential leases, it vitally important an attorney have a comprehensive understanding of the VRLTA. In addition, an attorney, when necessary, should be able to effectively advise clients on (i) the drafting of the statutorily required notices and (ii) the initiation of legal proceedings.

This course, taught by W. Martin Williams of Offit Kurman, reviews how the VRLTA is applied to both residential landlords and tenants, offers practical guidance on the eviction process, and addresses the most recent amendments to VRLTA.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and discuss the primary laws regulating residential tenancies in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  2. Assess how the VRTLA applies to the residential landlord and the residential tenant
  3. Provide practical guidance on the evictions process to reduce legal risks
  4. Discuss new amendments to the VRLTA

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