Posted by Chance on February 03, 2002 at 02:46:48:
In Va. you can only charge the “tenants” that back out of a SIGNED lease agreement the damages incurred. You can charge them lost rents for the period you need to re-rent the property as well as advertising and any cleaning if they moved in and then moved out and damaged or soiled the residence. Also any “reasonable” attorneys fees and court costs, gas to and from the court house, etc…(not time off from work if you have a regular job, tho) All of this should be listed in your lease. You may also collect 2 months rent for early breaking of the lease, but I doubt that the courts would allow this if they never lived in the house(took possession) or stayed for a very short(less than a months) time.