Virginia Rental Laws

Virginia Rental Laws

Your Virginia Rental Laws Guide to helpful links and information for leases, rent, security deposits, tenant screening, real estate and government.

Official Website of the State of Virginia

The United States Census Bureau estimates that the state population was 8,326,289 on July 1, 2014, a 4.07% increase since the 2010 United States Census

The State of Virginia has 95 counties and 38 independent cities totaling 133.

State Rules and Regulations

Important Lease Terms

Security Deposits

  • Amount: 2 Months
  • Return Deadline:  45 Days

Fees and Notice

  • Applications Fees: Any landlord may require an application fee and a separate application deposit. If the applicant fails to rent the unit for which application was made, from the application deposit the landlord shall refund to the applicant within 20 days after the applicant’s failure to rent the unit or the landlord’s rejection of the application all sums in excess of the landlord’s actual expenses and damages together with an itemized list of said expenses and damages. If, however, the application deposit was made by cash, certified check, cashier’s check, or postal money order, such refund shall be made within 10 days of the applicant’s failure to rent the unit if the failure to rent is due to the landlord’s rejection of the application. If the landlord fails to comply with this section, the applicant may recover as damages suffered by him that portion of the application deposit wrongfully withheld and reasonable attorney fees
  • Termination Notice:  21 days to cure, additional 9 to quit.
  • Tenant Rights to Withhold Rent: Yes

Landlord Disclosures

Real Estate Links

Federal Government

  • Fair Credit Reporting Act:  Federal Government legislation which promotes the accuracy, fairness, and privacy of consumer information contained in the files of consumer reporting agencies.
  • Fair Housing Act:  The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children

Credit Reports

Tenant Screening

  • Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)
  • Counties covered:  Accomack,   Albemarle,   Alleghany,   Amelia,   Amherst,   Appomattox,   Arlington,   Augusta,   Bath,   Bedford,   Bland,   Botetourt,   Brunswick,   Buchanan,   Buckingham,   Campbell,   Caroline,   Carroll,   Charles City,   Charlotte,   Chesterfield,   Clarke,   Craig,   Culpeper,   Cumberland,   Dickenson,   Dinwiddie,   Essex,   Fairfax,   Fauquier,   Floyd,   Fluvanna,   Franklin,   Frederick,   Giles,   Gloucester,   Goochland,   Grayson,   Greene,   Greensville,   Halifax,   Hanover,   Henrico,   Henry,   Highland,   Isle Of Wight,   James City,   King And Queen,   King George,   King William,   Lancaster,   Lee,   Loudoun,   Louisa,   Lunenburg,   Madison,   Mathews,   Mecklenburg,   Middlesex,   Montgomery,   Nelson,   New Kent,   Northampton,   Northumberland,   Nottoway,   Orange,   Page,   Patrick,   Pittsylvania,   Powhatan,   Prince Edward,   Prince George,   Prince William,   Pulaski,   Rappahannock,   Richmond,   Roanoke,   Rockbridge,   Rockingham,   Russell,   Scott,   Shenandoah,   Smyth,   Southampton,   Spotsylvania,   Stafford,   Surry,   Sussex,   Tazewell,   Warren,   Washington,   Westmoreland,   Wise,   Wythe,   York

Last Updated: April 21, 2020