Generally speaking, in Virginia, one important way to protect yourself in a landlord-tenant relationship is to have a written lease that complies with Virginia law. Written leases help landlords and tenants to know and understand their rights. Leases can also prevent future disputes because they reduce the uncertainty of verbal agreements. Consult a lawyer to obtain a lease form that will protect you under Virginia law.
As usual, every situation has exceptions. Consult with a Charlottesville attorney to get the full details.
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