A Landlord's Right to Show Property After a Thirty-Day Notice in Virginia

The law that governs landlord-tenant relations In the Commonwealth of Virginia is the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. If you’ve given your landlord a 30-day notice or your landlord issues you a 30-day notice, he has the right to show the property to prospective renters or buyers as well as to other specific individuals, provided that certain conditions are met.

  1. Thirty-Day Notice

    • If you’re on a lease and you want to leave before the lease is up, give your landlord a 30-day notice. You might have to pay an additional fee for breaking the lease unless you are a member of the coast guard or the military and you've been called for active duty. If you do not have a lease, your landlord can give you a 30-day notice to vacate. He can then show the property, provided he gives you 24-hours notice.

    Reasons for Showing the Apartment

    • Unless it’s an emergency, a landlord must give you 24-hours notice before he can enter the apartment. This holds true whether he wants to show the unit to prospective tenants, to inspect the premises, to make necessary repairs or to make mutually agreed-upon repairs. He also can enter the apartment to show it to contractors or workmen who need to survey the conditions or who need to work in the unit.

    How Often the Landlord Can Show the Apartment

    • A tenant might discover the landlord wants to show the property several nights a week or that he wants to bring in a stream of prospective tenants or buyers. The VRLTA stipulates that it is best for the landlord to enter as infrequently as possible to avoid strife with the tenant. If more than one prospective tenant needs to see the unit on the same night, perhaps the landlord can schedule the prospective tenants to arrive in groups. The VRLTA also states that it is best to allow the tenant to reschedule a prospective tenant’s arrival, on at least one occasion, if possible.

    Tenant May Not Refuse Unreasonably

    • The tenant may not refuse unreasonably to allow the landlord to enter the apartment to make repairs, inspect the premises, make alterations or improvements to the property or to supply agreed-upon or necessary services. The tenant also cannot unreasonably refuse to allow the landlord to show the unit to prospective buyers, tenants or workmen.

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