Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about King & Queen Apartments, being a tenant and renting, in general.
No. As noted in the Lease Agreement, by the end of the lease, no later than 12noon on May 22nd, tenants must remove all debris, rubbish, personal belongings and discard all items from the apartment.
If you are selling or giving furniture, or other personal items, to someone who is moving into the apartment on or around June 6th, after their lease begins, they will need to put those items into storage for the period between the time you vacate the apartment and the new lease begins.
Any furniture or personal items left in the apartment after the apartment has been vacated is considered abandoned property. Section 55-248.38:1 of the VRLTA covers abandoned property.
When a tenant moves out, Management does not forward mail to the new address. That is the tenants’ responsibility. At the end of the lease term, at vacancy, tenants must file a Change of Address with the United States Postal Service.
Any mail or packages, including USPS, Fed Ex and UPS, that are delivered to the apartments after you move out or to someone who does not currently reside in the apartment complex, will be returned to sender. Please notify the United States Postal Service of your new address before you move and be careful to not use a previous shipping address when ordering products online.
The Security Deposit is not an extra rent payment, nor can it be sued for your last month’s rent. Rather, it is used to cover the cost of any necessary repairs or cleaning after you move out at the end of your lease. As stated in the Lease documents, the cost of cleaning the carpet and the apartment will be automatically deducted from the security deposit, if the apartment is not cleaned by an Owner-approved cleaning company and carpets professionally cleaned and deodorized by an Owner-approved carpet cleaning professional. In addition, the security deposit can be used for any damages, repairs, materials, painting costs and of course, any unpaid rent or other charges that were not taken care of before the end of the lease, including or any fees to change the locks due to unreturned keys. Security Deposit Dispositions are processed and mailed out within 45 days of vacancy or the end of your lease, whichever comes first, along with an itemized list of any deductions.
It all depends on the severity of the issue. If it is a routine repair, you can submit a request to have it fixed by using the online Maintenance Request Form. However, if it is something that will affect the health and safety of you or the apartment, call the maintenance emergency number noted on the website Maintenance Request Form page.
This issue will be repaired promptly; however, you will be responsible for paying the cost of replacement. Repair costs are reasonable, but you must report a maintenance issue as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, the simple answer is likely, yes, and the reason is inflation. The cost of insurance, taxes, maintenance, and supplies goes up every year. But so does employee pay if you are a working tenant. A market analysis is conducted every year and Management does its best to be very competitive and offer reasonable rental rates.
It is important to try to get along with your neighbors. If it is after hours and they are being excessively noisy, call the police as this is a violation of disturbing the peace. If they are just routinely noisy and it is not extreme you can contact them directly (and nicely) to let them know that the noise level of their apartment is at a disturbing level. They may not even realize that they are being loud. Or, you can contact Management during normal business hours to relay this noise issue.
Let Management know, in writing, as soon as you and your roommate have decided to definitely stay. A new Lease Agreement will be sent to you to sign, which will extend your lease through on or around May 22nd of the following year (depending on the terms your lease).
You must give at least one hundred fifty-two (152) days notice to renew. Deadline for renewing your lease is December 22nd (152 days from the end of the lease).
Please notify Management in writing that the roommate will no longer be occupying the apartment. Management will supply a form which needs to be signed by all parties. The security deposit will be processed at the time the apartment is completely vacated.
No, you are not authorized to change the locks to your apartment.
Should you desire to have them changed during your tenancy, Management must approve the lock change. The work will be done by a licensed locksmith and you will be responsible for the cost of re-keying the lock.
Virginia law allows for new locks to be installed pursuant to a court order. Section 55-248.18:1 of the Act explains this.
Additionally, Virginia law also requires Tenants, who install a security alarm on the door of the Dwelling Unit, to give an access code, as well as, instructions on how to use the alarm, to Landlord.
You should review your Lease Agreement thoroughly to determine if there is an early termination clause. If there is one, you should follow the terms of the clause regarding prior notification to the landlord. If there is no provision in your Lease Agreement for early termination, discuss your concerns with your landlord. Abandoning the property will not resolve the issue and may cause you additional expenses or legal problems.
You should first refer to the terms of your Lease Agreement.
In most cases, roommates are considered “tenants in common” and are joint and severally responsible for the terms of the Lease Agreement and all parties named on the lease are responsible for the rent. Check with your landlord to see if you can make arrangements to have another party take your place on the lease. Prior to signing any lease, it is always a good idea to have a written understanding among roommates stating individual responsibilities and expectations.