Category : Landlord-Tenant

Landlord-Tenant Real Estate Agents

Unlicensed Real Estate Agent Costs Brokerage $6.6 Million Commission

What tasks can real estate brokerages assign to employees lacking a real estate license? What risks does a brokerage run from allowing unlicensed agents to manage relationships with clients and other parties to the transaction? On April 4, 2014, Judge Anthony Trenga decided that a prominent commercial broker forfeited a $6.6 million dollar commission because […]

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Landlord-Tenant Property Inspections

Landlord Strategies for Avoiding Security Deposit Disputes

The departure of a tenant leaves the landlord with long to-do list, including listing the property for rent, evaluating applicants, repairing or remodeling the property and preparing a new lease agreement.  Wrapping-up the relationship with the previous tenant can inadvertently fall to the bottom of the list of priorities. A lawsuit over the prior tenant’s […]

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Landlord-Tenant

Commercial Leasing: New Developments in Acceleration of Rents

How much unpaid rent can a landlord of a commercial property collect against a tenant who has fallen into default? Arlington attorney John G. Kelly explored this issue in his blog post, Acceleration of Rents: Part 1, How to Ensure It’s Enforceable? Acceleration of Rents provisions typically give the landlord the right, after default by the […]

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Fraud & Misrepresentation Landlord-Tenant

Verifying and Safeguarding a Customer’s Identity

Customers sometimes attempt to use identity fraud on a landlord or finance company. For example, last summer I attempted to rent out a condominium over the internet. I am not a realtor. I received an inquiry from “Ed” on behalf of his friend. At the showing, I was surprised to meet not only Ed and his […]

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Landlord-Tenant

Can My Landlord Evict My Business Without Going to Court First? – Part II – Complications to Landlord Self-Help

In Virginia, landlords have a right to evict commercial tenants without going to Court first. This does not make it likely or wise. Even in jurisdictions where self-help is legal, it is unusual to see landlords piling up their tenants’ business property on the curb. There are several reasons why: 1. Lease Terms: Any self-help […]

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