Tenant-Landlord Rights and Responsibilities

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The Housing Division provides information about the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords to assist with resolution of tenant-landlord disputes. These documents outline the laws governing rental housing and provide information about different aspects of the rental process.

Tenant-Landlord Commission

The County’s Tenant-Landlord Commission provides information, referrals and advice for tenant-landlord issues. The Commission also advises the County Board on policies and programs related to tenants and landlords.

Educational Seminars/Workshops

These free events are open to residents and landlords and property managers who own and/or manage fewer than five residential properties in Arlington. Seminars cover a variety of different topics, which have included the nuts and bolts of landlord-tenant law, lease requirements, tenant screening, tenant rights, mediation and the Virginia Fair Housing Law. Registration is sometimes required. Check our full event calendar for future workshops.

Useful Documents

  • Application Process: a guide to the application and screening process that is useful for both tenants and landlords.
  • Application Fees: a definition of application fees and rights of the landlord and tenant.
  • Apartment Check-In List: to document the physical condition of the unit at the beginning of the tenancy.
  • Eviction Process: outlines the eviction process for nonpayment of rent, a lease violation or to end the tenancy.
  • Landlord Noncompliance: description of tenant’s use of 21-30 day notice for landlord non-compliance.
  • Rent Escrow: summarizes requirements and procedures for rent escrow.
  • Security Deposit: information regarding the final inspection, deductions, timely return and interest owed on security deposits.
  • Vacating an Apartment: information on ending a lease and vacating an apartment.