Virginia rental/lease agreements

 The free Virginia rental and lease agreement template is used for the renting of property between a lessor and an intending occupant. The contract usually states the rent amount, the property type, and the period of the lease. The lessee will usually complete a rental application that allows the lessor to ascertain their employment status and background information. Once the contract is signed by both parties, it becomes enforceable in court. 

Virginia rental/lease agreement templates

Virginia rental/lease agreements

There are 6 basic types of Virginia lease agreements:

Commercial Rental Lease Agreement – This is a type of rental agreement that allows the landlord to lease commercial property to tenants. It has more obligations for the tenant to meet and, at times, the tenant may be held personally liable for the tenancy instead of their business. 

Monthly Rental lease Agreement (§ 55.1-1225) – Also referred to as a ‘tenancy at will’ with either party able to cancel the contract at any time with at least thirty days’ notice. If the agreement isn’t terminated, then it will continue to renew indefinitely. 

Rent-to-Own Rental Agreement  – A residential contract allowing the tenant to acquire the premises under the terms agreed on by both parties.

Roommate Lease Agreement – For persons living in a shared housing arrangement for delegation of tasks and responsibilities over expenses on the dwelling.

Standard Residential Rental Contract – This type of lease agreement is among the most popular in use today. It generally sets a term for one year or more and also stipulates all of the responsibilities of the tenant and landlord. One thing to note is that this contract gives the tenants the most protection so it’s important to review applicants carefully before allowing them to sign the contract.

Sublease Contract – This contract allows a lessee to bring in another occupant to assume responsibility for the leased dwelling usually with the landowner’s approval. It also comes in two options; a commercial sublease and a residential sublease.

Nine disclosure requirements

Defective Drywall (§ 55.1-1218) – The lessor must inform the occupants if there is damaged drywall on the property. 

Lead-Based Paint – In homes built before 1978, the landlord is required to inform occupants of the presence of hazardous paint.

Methamphetamines Information (§ 55.1-708) – If meth was produced on the premises and not cleaned according to § 32.1-11.7 the lessor must inform the occupants.

Military Zone Information (§ 55.1-1217) – If the building is located around an airbase or a noise zone, the lessee has to be informed of this. If your locality has a zoning map, use this to confirm if this document is necessary.

Mold (§ 55.1-1215) – A lessor must inform the occupant of the presence of mold on the premises. If the lessee finds mold in the dwelling, they will have five days to make a case from the start date of the tenancy.

Move-in Checklist (§ 55.1-1214) – Within five days of a new tenancy, the lessor is required to submit a report listing pre-existing damages to the property before a new occupancy. The report is considered true unless the lessee objects within five days of getting the property owner’s report.

Notices (§ 55.1-1202(A)) – Notifications can be sent electronically and details of this should be recorded in a rental contract. That is, the lessor and lessee should supply their email address in the contract.

Planned Demolition (§ 55.1-1308) – If there are designs to demolish the property or there is a six-month plan to pull down the dwelling, the occupants have to be informed. 

The Ratio of Utilities (§ 55.1-1212) – If the lessor employs sub-metering or any means to calculate the utility bill then such formulas are required to be made known to the occupant.


Payment scheme – This document can be affixed to a housing contract towards making official the current payment structure in situations where the lessee has defaulted on their lessee payment obligations owing to increased expenses or loss of job due to a state of emergency declared by the governor of Virginia in response to a public safety hazard as stated in § 44-146.16.

Access to property

The lessor must provide prior notice of three days before accessing the property for maintenance or repair work according to § 55.1-1229(A)

Money deposited as security

Maximum (§ 55.1-1226(A)) – A lessor may not demand an excess of two months’ rent. 

Returning (§ 55.1-1226(A) – All funds are required to be sent back within forty-five days of the tenancy expiration.

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