Virginia Landlord-Tenant Laws

Virginia Tenant Screening

If you’re looking for information specific to tenant screening in Virginia, be sure to check out our Virginia Tenant Screening Guide. It is filled with free forms resources, and helpful links specific to the state of Virginia.

Regarding Security Deposit

Virginia state law restricts the amount that landlords may collect from a tenant for a security deposit to two months’ rent.

Virginia law doesn’t specify how landlords must hold a tenant’s security deposit. However, if the deposit is put into an interest bearing account for at least 13 months, the landlord must pay it at the end of the tenancy.

The state laws of Virginia require landlords to return a security deposit to a tenant within 45 days of the end of tenancy.

Virginia laws concerning security deposits can be found in Va. Code Ann. §§ 55-218.1 to -248.40.

Regarding Application Fees

Virginia law does not allow landlords to collect an application fee for tenant screening services that exceeds $50. The law allows landlord to collect an application fee to pay for screening services, plus an application deposit. If the applicant doesn’t rent the unit, the landlord must refund the application deposit within 20 days.

Regarding Tenant Bad Checks

Civil Penalties: The landlord can charge the lesser of the following, $100 or three times the amount of the original check.

Criminal: A $200 fine or up to 12 months in jail, or both, at the court’s discretion.

Allowable Fees: $35

Regarding Notice of Termination for Nonpayment

In Virginia, a landlord must give a tenant at least 5 days in which to pay rent or vacate. After that, the landlord can begin eviction proceedings according to Va. Code Ann. § 55-225.