Are there specific laws in Virginia that govern landlord/tenant relationships?

Yes. The Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act (VRLTA) applies to all multi-family rentals and most single-family rentals when a landlord owns more than two single-family dwellings. The VRLTA balances rights and obligations between tenant and landlord. Many rental properties use standard leases reflecting the terms of the VRLTA.

Leases that do not fall under the VRLTA are governed by another set of laws that are not as favorable to the tenants. The VRLTA may apply even if the lease does not reflect the terms of the VRLTA. 

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