Know Your Rights!
As a tenant already inside your home, you have rights!
Under the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, you have the right to:
- A fair application fee.
- A fair security deposit.
- A decent and safe place to live.
- A certain level of security.
- Be informed of a change in management or ownership, or change of the property for some other use.
- Be properly notified before pesticides are applied in your apartment.
- Be properly notified of a rent increase or decrease in services.
- A proper eviction notice.
- Speak out.
As a renter, you also have responsibilities, including:
- Maintaining your dwelling unit; i.e. keeping it clean and safe
- Following the rules and regulations outlined in your signed lease
- Privacy in your unit (see your individual lease for details)
To read the complete Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (VRLTA), click here.
For information on Fairfax County Tenant/Landlord Rights & Responsibilities, click here.
For legal resources, click here. Please note that George Mason University cannot provide legal advice or assistance.
For complaints or inquiries into an individual landlord in the City of Fairfax, please call 703-385-7830.