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Re: freeloaders

Posted by TenantNet on March 07, 1997 at 00:07:17:

In Reply to: freeloaders posted by Monica on March 06, 1997 at 20:55:33:

: Does anyone out there know what Virginia law says about tenants moving
: someone into your house without paying rent? My roommate moved her
: boyfriend into our shared house and he has never paid anything, despite my
: repeated requests. I am now moving out and intend to sue them. What are
: my legal rights in this case? Is this frivolous? Or do I have a legitimate
: claim?

We don't know the specifics of Virginia law, but in some states a tenant
on the lease can have an unrelated roommate (occupant) no matter what the
relationship is (economic or emotional). Here it appears you both were on
the lease. In some cases the lease will speak to this. In other cases you
need to look at occupancy standards. Either way, I'm sure you're upset,
but if you sue them you have to have grounds and must establish actual
damages. Did this arrangement cost you money? Emotional distress? You
might wish to see a good lawyer before jumping into litigation.

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