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

Streams live on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 03:00pm EDT

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Course Information

Time 60 Minutes
Difficulty Beginner
Categories Real Estate

Course Description

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


W. Martin Williams

Offit Kurman

W. Martin Williams represents clients in a variety of litigation matters, including real estate disputes, landlord-tenant claims, fair-housing investigations, and debtor/creditor litigation. He assists clients throughout the litigation process, from pre-filing advice through settlement negotiations and trial.

Mr. Williams represents commercial and residential landlords and property managers, and has significant experience with creditor rights litigation. He also advises business owners on day-to-day decision-making, as well as contracts and business strategies, negotiations of business deals and agreements, and collections of all types of accounts.

Mr. Williams' past experience includes representing clients in business transactions, securities offerings, corporate mergers and acquisitions, financing, and commercial real estate transactions.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Management Board for the Better Housing Coalition. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Richmond Affordable Housing and the Hanover YMCA.


Alexander K.

Very well organized and great presentation.

Nathaniel R.

Very informative, even to someone who practices in the field. Great job.

Stacey W.

very nice presentation. Mr. Williams appeared well versed in the material, fielded questions effectively and moved through his material at a good pace with substantive insight. I would take another course with him as a presenter if in a field of interest.

Gaston W.

This was an excellent precise presentation. Well done. I benefitted from the watching. G

T. O.

Counselor Williams made an excellent presentation today!

Kathleen D.

Excellent. Presenter was organized, succinct and offered great practical suggestions.

Barbara L.

Very informative.

Janine B.

Excellent class, learned quite a bit.

Karen C.

Excellent presentation of all the nuts and bolts - well organized step by step approach.

David R.

Good overview of law and recent legislative changes.

James M.

Good job, thanks.

Kevin W.

Good Q&A -- the first time in this "cycle" that there has been such!

Michael D.


colleen D.

really informative

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