Landlords and Tenants in Fairfax County

If you live in Fairfax County, Virginia, you can report serious violations of the Virginia Residential
Landlord and Tenant Act or the VRLTA to the Fairfax County Department of Cable and Consumer Services, Consumer Affairs Branch.

Fairfax County Landlord-Tenant Dispute Resolutions

The Consumer Affairs Branch has the legal authority to investigate complaints from Fairfax County
residents regarding cable complaints, landlord and tenant issues and other
consumer complaints. The Consumer Affairs Branch does not handle rent prices or
rent control issues.

What Can the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch Order?

The Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch has the legal authority to investigate consumer
complaints. It cannot order landlords to pay money, return security deposits or
to take care of certain repairs. Instead, it can only investigate landlords and
ask them to pursue mediation through the county. If mediation efforts are
unsuccessful or your landlord does not respond to your complaint, your next
step is to file a lawsuit in court.

Do I Have to First Go Through the Fairfax County Consumer Affairs Branch?

Going through the Consumer Affairs Branch is just one of your options as a Fairfax County
resident. You do not have to do this first, and it may be in your best interest
to sue your landlord to preserve your legal rights for statute of limitations
purposes. A statute of limitations is the amount of time you have to file a
suit against your landlord for a return of your security deposit or for a
return of rent.

If you are a Landlord Suing Your Tenant

If you are a Fairfax County or other Northern Virginia landlord suing your tenant for unpaid rent,
you need to comply with the VRLTA’s written notice requirements. If you are a
landlord suing your tenant for failing to comply with the terms of your lease,
you may also have to give your tenant a written notice demanding him to comply.

Contact Us Today

Let us help you address your landlord or tenant matters – contact our Fairfax County office today to schedule an initial
consultation.

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