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Terms And Conditions

Terms And Conditions


Applicant, Applicant’s Spouse, and Co-applicants, do hereby consent to and authorize any and all representatives of Main Street Realty, to request, to receive, to verify, to provide and to exchange any information regarding the applicants concerned with any and all, but not limited to, the following parties: present and past landlords, present and past employers, credit references from banks and any and all financial sources, credit reporting agencies, and city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. I understand that any and all information received, verified, provided and exchanged may be used by Main Street Realty as they shall determine, in their sole discretion, to assist them in reaching a decision as to whether or not this application is accepted or rejected for the premises named herein.

In addition, the applicants concerned unconditionally release and hold harmless any and all, but not limited to, the following parties: present and past landlords, present and past employers, credit references from banks and any and all financial sources, credit reporting agencies, and city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies and all of their agents, owners, officers, directors, employees, and any other related parties, past or present, that shall request, receive, verify, provide, and exchange any information with Main Street Realty, from and against any and all claims, demands, suits, or expenses arising from or related to the content, validity or handling of said information and application.

The applicants concerned certify that the information contained in this application for lease is accurate, complete, and true. Any variance or omission of information shall result in rejection of this application, and if such variance or omission shall later be discovered, any lease or agreement may be terminated by Main Street Realty. The applicants concerned understand that this is an application for an apartment and does not constitute a lease agreement in whole or part. The applicants concerned agree to execute a one-year lease upon presentation, a copy of which applicants hereby acknowledge that they have reviewed, if and when notified of Main Street Realty acceptance of this application. If for any reason your application is denied or you withdraw your application, your $50.00 application fee (non-refundable) and your $200.00 application deposit will be forfeited in its entirety for an apartment reservation. In accordance with our policy the First Month Rent and the Security Deposit is due on or before the date of move in/occupancy. Applicant(s) agree to pay a charge of $45 for each returned payment. If any payments are returned to management for insufficient funds, management will have the ability to require that future payments be made by certified funds only.

In the event the application fee(s) are waived, and the application(s) are not approved, for any reason, the applicant(s) will be responsible for paying for all applications processed ($50.00 each). The application deposit will be refunded within 20 business days less any applicable application fees.

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Main Street Realty does business in accordance with the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, the Virginia Fair Housing Law, and the District of Columbia Fair Housing Law, which specifies that it, is Illegal to discriminate against any person in residential real estate transactions because of race, color, sex, religion, gender identity, veteran status, physical or intellectual disability, familial status, age or national origin. All lease signers must be at least 18 years or older.

Application Deposit:
An Application Deposit of $200.00 is required in order to reserve an apartment. This fee is non-refundable in the event of a cancellation by the applicant. This amount must be paid by money order or teller check. Cash is not accepted. At the time of application approval, this amount will be applied towards the security deposit.

Security Deposit:
A Security Deposit, starting from $200.00 is required for any of our rental units. The remainder of the security deposit must be paid in money order or teller check prior to the day the lease is signed. After you vacate your apartment, your security deposit, in addition with any interest due will be refunded in compliance with the terms of your lease and applicable Virginia and/or District of Columbia Statutes within 45 days of your move out.

Approved Pets are allowed on the property, please ask for details.

All applicants must sign a lease and all related rules and regulations before occupancy. We expect full compliance with these documents by all tenants. Copies of these documents may be obtained from the Leasing Center staff upon request.


Virginia Statement of Tenant Rights and Responsibilities under the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act as of July 1, 2024


Tenant Rights

Applications: Tenants may be charged a nonrefundable application fee of no more than $50 (not including third party costs for a background check) and a refundable application deposit. If the tenant does not rent the unit, the application deposit must be returned, minus any actual costs or damages. (§55.1-1203)

Written lease: Under the VRLTA, a landlord is required to provide a tenant a written lease. If a landlord fails to do so, the VRLTA still protects a tenant by establishing a statutory lease between landlord and tenant for 12 months not subject to automatic renewal. (§55.1-1204)

Disclosure: A landlord must reveal certain information to the tenant, including any visible evidence of mold (§55.1-1215), the name and address of the owner or property manager (§55.1-1216), notice of sale or foreclosure of the property (§§55.1-1216, 1237), and on the first page of the lease, the rent and any additional fees. (§55.1-1204.1)

Security Deposit: A landlord may require a security deposit of up to two monthʼs rent. Within five days of move in the tenant has a right to object to anything in the move-in report. The tenant also has a right to be present at a move-out inspection, which must be made within 72 hours of delivery of possession. (§§55.1-1214, 1226)

Receipts: Upon request, a tenant is entitled to a written receipt of rent paid by cash or money order. Upon request, a tenant is entitled to a written statement of all charges and payments over the past 12 months. (§55.1-1204(D), (I)) Last Updated July 1, 2024

Privacy: A landlord may not release information about a tenant without consent, except under certain conditions, which are generally when tenant information is already public. (§55.1-1209)

Fit and Habitable Premises: A tenant has the right to a fit and habitable rental unit in accordance with the Uniform Statewide Building Code. The landlord must make all repairs needed to keep premises fit and habitable. (§55.1-1220) To enforce the right to get repairs, a tenant must be current in rent, give the landlord written notice of the need for repairs, and give the landlord a reasonable amount of time to make the repairs. If repairs are not made, a tenant can file a Tenantʼs Assertion in General District Court. This must be filed no later than five days after rent is due. There is no rent withholding in Virginia except under repair and deduct (below). (§55.1-1244)

Repair and Deduct: If an issue on the premises affects life, health, safety, or seriously affects habitability, and a landlord has not begun to address it within 14 days after written notice from the tenant, the tenant may contract to have the repair done by a licensed contractor at a cost of not more than $1,500, or one monthʼs rent, whichever is more. The tenant may deduct the actual cost of the repair from the rent. The tenant must send the landlord an itemized invoice and a receipt for payment to the contractor for the work, along with any payment of remaining rent owed. (§55.1-1244.1)

Uninhabitable Dwelling Unit at Move In: If, at the beginning of the tenancy, there exists a fire hazard or a serious threat to the life, health or safety of the tenant (such as an infestation of rodents or a lack of heat, hot or cold running water, electricity, or adequate sewage disposal facilities), the tenant may terminate the rental agreement and receive a full refund of all deposits and rent paid to the landlord. To terminate the agreement and request a refund, the tenant must provide a written notice of termination no later than seven days after the tenancy started. If, upon receipt of notice, the landlord agrees such hazardous condition exists, the landlord must refund all deposits and rent paid within 15 business days of being notified or of the tenant vacating the unit, whichever occurs later. (§55.1-1234.1) The landlord may, in a written notice provided to the tenant, state that the termination is unjustified and refuse to accept the tenant’s termination of the lease. A tenant who has vacated the unit (or never moved in initially) may then challenge the landlord’s refusal in court. The prevailing party shall be entitled to recover reasonable attorney fees. (§55.1- 1234.1) Last Updated July 1, 2024

Notification of Rent Increase: If a lease contains an option to renew or an automatic renewal provision, a tenant must be notified in writing of a rent increase at least 60 days before the end of the lease term. This only applies when a landlord owns more than four rental units or more than 10% percent interest in more than four rental units in the Commonwealth. (§55.1-1204(K))

Eviction: A landlord may not evict a tenant without following the court eviction process. The landlord first sends a written notice and next the landlord files an unlawful detainer lawsuit. The landlord must get a court order of possession, followed by a Writ of Eviction that is served by the Sheriff. (§§55.1-1245, 1252). A tenant not getting paid due to a federal shutdown of 14 or more days can get an eviction lawsuit for nonpayment of rent postponed for 60 days. (§44-209)

Unlawful Exclusion, Interruption of Essential Services, and Unlivable Premises: A Landlord may not unlawfully exclude a tenant from the premises, interrupt an essential service, or make the unit unlivable. If this happens, the tenant may sue the landlord in General District Court and get an initial court hearing within five calendar days. At this hearing, a court may order the landlord to give the property back to the tenant, resume the essential service, or fix the conditions that make the unit unlivable. The court may also hold a second hearing within 10 days of the first hearing and may find that the tenant is entitled to actual damages, statutory damages, and reasonable attorney’s fees. (§55.1-1243.1) If a tenant is excluded from the unit because the unit was condemned, the tenant may sue the landlord for actual damages. The landlord must return any prepaid rent, security deposit, and rent paid after the unit was condemned. (§55.1-1243.2)

Domestic Violence— Right to Change Locks: If a tenant has obtained an order from a court under §16,1-279.1 (for family abuse) or §20- 103 (for apprehension of physical harm by a family or household member) that excludes someone else from the premises, the tenant may provide the landlord with a copy of that court order and request that the landlord either install a new lock or other security devices on the exterior doors of the unit or permit the tenant to do so. The tenant shall provide a duplicate copy of all keys and instructions for the operation of all devices to the landlord. The new lock/security device must not cause permanent damage to the dwelling unit, and the tenant shall be responsible for the cost of installing the lock/security device, reasonable costs incurred to remove the device(s), and all damage upon termination of the lease. (§55.1-1230) Last Updated July 1, 2024

Domestic Violence—Right to Terminate the Lease: A tenant who is a victim of family abuse as defined by §16.1-228, sexual abuse as defined by §18.2-67.10, or other criminal sexual assault may terminate their lease if: 1. The tenant has obtained an order of protection under §16.1-279.1 (for family abuse), OR a permanent protective order under §19.2-152.10 (general protective order) against the perpetrator, OR the perpetrator has been convicted of any of the above crimes against the tenant, AND 2. The tenant provides the landlord with a written notice of termination that includes copy of the order of protection or the conviction order. The lease shall be terminated 30 days after the tenant provides the landlord with the written notice. The rent must be paid at the normal time through the effective date of the termination. (§55.1-1236)

 Redemption (Pay & Stay): After an unlawful detainer lawsuit for nonpayment of rent is filed, a tenant has the right to pay to a zero balance on or before the court date and have the lawsuit dismissed. After a court issues a judgment of possession, a tenant has the right to pay to a zero balance up to 48 hours before the Sheriffs eviction and have the eviction cancelled. If the landlord has 5 or more rentals, a tenant may use these rights at any time. If the landlord has 4 or fewer rentals, the landlord may limit the tenant’s use of these rights to once during the lease period if the landlord first sends a written notice of this limitation. (§55.1-1250)

Fair Housing: The tenant may have a right to file a fair housing complaint if the landlord or property manager violates the Virginia Fair Housing Act. (§36-96.1 et seq, HUD FHEO-2020-1)

Tenant Responsibilities

Rent: Unless the lease says otherwise, rent is due in equal payments each month on or before the first of each month. (§55.1-1204)

 Late Fees: If rent is not paid on time, the tenant must pay a late fee only if the lease requires one. A late fee can be no more than 10% of the monthly rent or 10% of the unpaid balance owed by the tenant, whichever is less. (§55.1-1204(E)) Last Updated July 1, 2024

Insurance: A tenant may be required to have and pay for renters insurance. A tenant also may be required to have and pay for damage insurance and/or a security deposit, but the total of both the damage insurance premiums and the security deposit may not exceed two monthsʼ rent. (§§55.1-1206, 1208)

 Access: A tenant must allow a landlord access to the unit at reasonable times and for practical purposes, such as maintenance, inspection, or to provide services. A tenant must allow access unless the landlords request is unreasonable. Unless impractical due to an emergency, the landlord must give 72-hoursʼ notice of maintenance and must perform the maintenance within 14 days. If the tenant requests maintenance, notice is not required. (§55.1-1229)

Maintain Fit and Habitable Premises: The tenant must keep the rental unit as clean and safe as conditions allow and in accordance with the Uniform Statewide Building Code. The tenant must promptly notify the landlord of visible mold and use reasonable efforts to prevent moisture and mold. The tenant must promptly notify the landlord of insects or pests and must not be at fault in failing to prevent insects or pests. (§55.1-1227)

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