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Renters vs. Landlords: New Law Offers New Recourse

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Friday, July 12, 2013   

RICHMOND, Va. – Renters in Virginia have new recourse against landlords who illegally evict them.

A new state law now allows tenants who've been locked out of their homes to file a simple form in General District Court to get back in, instead of pursuing a more complicated legal process that had been in effect.

"It's a huge win for renters,” says Christie Marra, an attorney with the Virginia Poverty Law Center. “It means they have real access to justice in these cases where landlords clearly are violating the law."

The General Assembly unanimously approved the new legal option for tenants this year, but Marra is concerned not enough renters know about it.

She says landlords are required to go to court to get a tenant evicted, but too often take matters into their own hands.

"There have been successful efforts by landlords over the years to evict tenants more quickly by either changing the locks to their doors, or by cutting off some essential service like water or gas or electricity that provides heat," she says.






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