Federal law requires landlords to inform tenants if they deny their application due to information in a tenant selection report. If the landlord fails to do so, it may be considered a violation of § 55.1-1243.1.When a tenant is away from the rental property for an extended period, many states allow landlords to enter the premises for basic maintenance and to check for damage. If the tenant agrees to allow entry, the landlord can enter the property even if the tenant is not present. In addition, if the landlord is required to perform maintenance or inspection in accordance with the loan agreement or insurance policy that covers the housing unit, the tenant must allow such maintenance or inspection, provided that the employees and agents sent by the owner are wearing all appropriate personal protective equipment, as required by state law.
At the landlord's request, the court may disburse funds from an escrow account for payment of his mortgage or other expenses related to the housing unit. If a landlord violates a tenant's right to privacy, they may face charges of breaking and entering into small claims court. It is important for both landlords and tenants to understand their rights and responsibilities in order to ease tensions, comply with the law, and promote a harmonious relationship between them. If the tenant makes a maintenance request, the landlord is not obligated to notify them. The landlord must keep the premises in such condition that prevents moisture accumulation and mold growth and respond promptly to any notification from the tenant, as provided in subdivision A 10 of § 55.1-1227. Any information received by the landlord in accordance with § 55.1 - 1203 will remain confidential and will not be released without a subpoena. If a landlord is unable to verify a tenant's right to rent, they must terminate the lease agreement at the request of the tenant or order delivery of the premises to them if they condemn it.
Unless otherwise agreed, a landlord who sells their rental property in good faith to a bona fide purchaser is exempt from liability under the rental agreement and this chapter for events that occur after notification of transfer to the tenant. Upon termination of the lease, the tenant is responsible for paying reasonable costs incurred for removing all devices and repairing any damaged areas.