Virginia Residential Lease Agreement Form
I. BASIC CONDITIONS
1. THE PARTIES IN THIS AGREEMENT ARE:
The “Landlord” (in this lease the term “Landlord” means either the owner or his
2. PREMISES TO BE RENTED
The landlord hereby leases to the Tenant the premises described above for a term of
ONE YEAR, from _____________ to______________________.
a) The monthly rent is $________, making a total amount under the lease of $_____
b) The rent is payable on the 25th day of the month.
c) If this lease starts on a day other than the day other than the day specified in
subsection b), the first ental payment shall be_______, the “pro-rata” rent for the
period from_______to_______. Thereafter, all rental payments shall be made in
accordance with subsection a) and b).
d) Rent payments shall be paid to: ____________________ At the following address:
Costs for items listed below shall be paid by the party indicated.
Landlord Tenant Landlord Tenant
Electricity ______ _____ Gas ______ _____
Water/Sewer ______ _____ Trash collection ______ _____
Other ______ _____ Other ______ _____
6. NUMBER OF PERSONS
a) The premises shall be occupied be no more than_______ persons, excluding children
born hereafter and short-term guests (less than 30 days in a calendar year), without
the prior written consent of the Landlord.
b) The tenant shall not sublet or assign the leased premises or any portion
thereof without the prior written consent of the Landlord.
7. USE OF PROPERTY
The Tenant shall use the premises solely for residential purposes.
8. INSPECTION OF PREMISES
a) At the start of the tenancy, the landlord and the Tenant shall inspect the
premises and shall record any existing damages to the premises on a check list
provided by the Landlord. Both parties shall receive copies of the completed check
b) At the termination of the tenancy, the Landlord shall advise the Tenant of his
right to be present at the final inspection. If the Tenant desires to be present,
he shall tell the Landlord in writing. The Landlord then shall notify the Tenant of
the time and date of the inspection, which must be made during business hours and
within seventy two hours of the termination of occupancy.
9. DELIVERY OF POSSESSION
If the Landlord fails to make the premises available in a habitable condition
on the agreed date of the start of the tenancy, rent shall abate until delivery is
completed. If such failure to deliver possession is willful, then the remedies in
Section 55-248.22 of the Code of Virginia shall apply.
10. SECURITY DEPOSIT
a) The Tenant has paid the Landlord a security deposit of $______. At the
termination of the tenancy, the Landlord may retain part or all of the security deposit to pay for:
1. Any damage to the premises beyond normal wear and tear for which the
Tenant is responsible and which is disclosed by an inspection conducted
pursuant to Section 8 of this lease;
2. any rent owed and any accrued charges as specified in Section 15 of this
3. any damage due to premature termination of the lease agreement.
b) If the Landlord Holds the security deposit for a period exceeding 13 months,
he shall pay the Tenant simple interest, calculated from the beginning of the
tenancy. it is payable at the end of the tenancy. (Call thte T/L office for
c) Within 30 days after the end of the tenancy the Landlord shall refund to
the Tenant the security deposit with any interest due less deductions,
together with an itemized statement of any deductions.
11. TENANT’S DUTY TO MAINTAIN PREMISES
a) The Tenant shall keep the dwelling unit in a clean and sanitary conditon
and shall comply with all state and local laws requiring tenants to maintain
b) The Tenant shall privide the Landlord with prompt notice of any maintenance
problems so that necessary repairs can be made in a timely manner.
12. LANDLORD’S DUTY TO MAINTAIN PREMISES
a) The landlord shall maintain the premises in a decent, safe and sanitary
condition and shall comply with all state and local laws requiring landlords
to maintain rental premises.
b) If the Landlord privies appliances or services, he shall maintain them in good
working order during the term of this lease and nay extension thereof, except for
appliances specified in Section 12 c) below.
c) Landlord is providing the following appliances not required by the state
maintenance code:___________________________________________.He will___, will
not___ be responsible for repairing or replacing them.
a) The Landlord shall be liable to the Tenant for any damage to his person or his
property resulting from the negligence or wrongful act of the Landlord or his
b) The tenant shall be liable to the Landlord for any damage to the premises beyond
normal wear and tear resulting from the negligence or wrongful act of the tenant
or others on the premises with his permission. The Tenant shall be liable for any
damage caused by the bursting or water pipes as a result of failure to keep heat
operating in cold weather, to keep windows closed, or to drain outside faucets.
14. MAINTENANCE OF SINGLE-FAMILY DWELLINGS
If the premises consist of a single-family house, the following conditions shall
a) The Tenant shall keep grass cut, shall promptly remote ice and snow from all
walks, steps and drives, and shall keep the grounds free of leaves and debris.
b) The Landlord shall furnish electric light bulbs in the fixtures and fuses in the
panel box and washers on each faucet at the time the Tenant takes possession. The
Tenant shall maintain these items thereafter.
c) The following maintenance shall be responsibility of the party indicated below:
Item Landlord Tenant
Change Furnace Filters ______________ ___________________
Change Air-conditioner Filters ______________ ___________________
Clean Gutters ______________ ___________________
____________________________ ______________ ___________________
d) The Tenant shall be responsible for minor repairs except for damage caused by
the Landlord or his agent. The Landlord shall be responsible for major repairs
except for damage caused by the Tenant or his guests.
15. LATE PAYMENT OF RENT If the rent remains unpaid after the _______ day of the month, the Tenant shall be
charged a $_____ fee for late payment. An additional charge of $______ shall be
made for any returned checks. No personaL checks will be accepted after a check
has been returned by the bank.
16. FAILURE TO PAY RENT
If the Tenant fails to pay the rent when due, the Landlord may give the Tenant a
5-day notice to pay the rent with the late fee or to vacate. If the rent remains
unpaid at the end of this 5-day period, the Landlord may institute eviction
proceedings pursuant to law and/or other remedies provided by law including, but
not limited to, suit to collect unpaid rent, damages and reasonable attorney’s
17. TENANT BREACH OF LEASE
a) if there is substantial breach of the lease or a serious failure to maintain the
premises by the Tenant, the Landlord may provide the Tenant with a written notice
describing the problem and stating that he will terminated the lease on a specified
date (not less than 30 days later), if the problem is not corrected within 21 days.
If the problem is corrected within 21 days, the notice is canceled. If the problem
is not corrected within that time, the Landlord may institute eviction proceedings
through the courts on the specified date.
b) The Landlord shall also give the option of using other applicable remedies
provided by the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act to address specific
breaches of lease by the Tenant.
18. LANDLORD BREACH OF LEASE
a) If there is aa substantial breach of lease or serious failure to maintain the
premises by the Landlord, the Tenant may provide other Landlord with a written
notice describing the problem and stating that he will terminate the lease on a
specified date (not less than 30 days later), if the problem is not corrected
within 21 days, the notice is canceled. If the problem is not corrected within that
time, the Tenant may vacated the premises on the specified date.
b) The tenant shall also have the option of using other applicable remedies
provided by the Virginia residential landlord and tenant Act to address specific
breaches of lease by the landlord.
19 VIRGINIA RESIDENTIAL LANDLORD AND TENANT ACT
Both parties hereby agree to be governed by the terms of the Virginia Residential
landlord and tenant Act, as amended from time to time. Each party shall have a
right to the remedies and a responsibility for the obligations specifies therein.
IV. RENTAL RULES
a) The Tenant shall not allow on the premises any excessive noise or other activity
which disturbs the peace and quiet of his neighbors.
b) If the rental premises are part of a multi-family dwelling, the Landlord agrees
to enforce this prohibition against excessive noise to prevent other tenants or
persons in the building or common areas from similarly disturbing the Tenant’s
peace and quiet.
The Tenant may ( ), may not ( ) keep on the premises.
22. MOTORIZED EQUIPMENT
No motorcycles or equipment driven by gasoline motors shall be permitted inside the
a) No substantial alteration, addition or improvement shall be made by the tenant
in or to the premises without prior written consent of the Landlord.
b) If the Tenant installs new burglar prevention or fire detection devices, he
shall provide the Landlord with key s and operating instructions. At the end of
the tenancy the Tenant shall remove the devices and repair any damage if the
Landlord so requests.
24. NOTICE OF ABSENCE The Tenant shall notify the Landlord of any expected absence from the premises in
excess of 7 days.
Except in the case of an emergency where notice is impractical, the Landlord may
enter the premises only after reasonable advance notice to the Tenant and at
reasonable hours in order to inspect the premises, to make necessary or agreed
repairs or alterations, to supply services, or to show the premises to prospective
purchasers or workers.
V. MISCELLANEOUS CLAUSES
26. ILLEGAL DRUGS
Drug dealing and usage are strictly prohibited and are grounds for immediate
termination of the lease and institution of eviction proceedings.
27. EXTENSION OF LEASE
At the end of the initial lease period, the tenancy will automatically convert to
mont-to-month, unless the Landlord or the Tenant has served a written notice of
termination on the other at least thirty days prior to the end of the lease. In
continuing, the Tenant agrees to pay the monthly rental and to keep and fulfill all
the other covenants and conditions herein.
28. TIMELY DEPARTURE
When the Tenant vacates the premises after giving proper notice, he shall leave on
the day specified, remove all personal belongings, and leave the premises as clean
as he found them.
29. RENT INCREASE
The Landlord may increase the monthly rent at or after the expiration of the
original term of this lease by providing the tenant with written notice at least
30 days prior to the next rent due date. The Tenant then has the option to vacate
the premises or to remain at the new rental rate.
(a) Owner or Agent (b) Tenant/s
NAME: _______________________ NAME: ______________________________
ADDRESS: ____________________ ADDRESS:____________________________
PHONE:_______________________ PHONE: _____________________________
31. ADDITIONAL CLAUSES
WHEREFORE We, the undersigned, agree to be bound by all the terms of this agreement:
__________________________ ________ ___________________________ __________
Landlord Date Tenant Date
NOTE: The Tenant is urged to purchase special renter’s insurance on his personal property,
because the Landlord’s property insurance does not usually cover the occupant’s personal
possessions against fire, water damage and theft.