While owning rental property can be a lucrative investment, being a landlord can be complicated. Having an attorney to help with your initial lease, advise you as to what you can and cannot do, and to assist with regaining possession and collecting unpaid rent and damages, can often be the difference between quick resolution of problems versus long drawn-out and expensive litigation.
Whether you’re buying property at foreclosure auctions or need help with a defaulting tenant, we can help you quickly get your property vacated so you can get it back on the market.
Virginia Eviction Procedure and Fees
Step 1: Demand letter.
- To start, we send a notice letter mailed certified to the tenant, stating amounts owed, the breach, details of default and the potential repercussions. Cost: $200*
Step 2: 5 Day Notice to Pay or Quit.
- This is a statutorily provided for document that must be sent to a tenant prior to filing the lawsuit for eviction (the Unlawful Detainer). It is served by the county sheriff. This is a prerequisite step before we can assist you in evicting your tenant. Cost: $250*
Step 3: Filing the Unlawful Detainer Action.
- This is the actual lawsuit for eviction. We also have it served by the Sheriff. This will set the first return day, where we will appear and either set a date for trial (see Step 3A) or take a default judgment, with immediate possession of the property and judgment. We will then file a Writ of Possession which allows the Sheriff to conduct the eviction. Cost: $500*
Step 3A: The contested return day.
- If the tenant contests the eviction and we prepare a bill of particulars, prepare for and appear at trial. Cost $750*
*All fees listed are standard fees only. For cases with complex fact patterns and/or commercial leases, please Contact Us or call (914) 483-7769 for pricing.
If you are a tenant and you feel like you are being treated unfairly or that your landlord is not complying with the lease, contact The Callan Law Firm today. We will review your lease and do all we can to help ensure that your landlord complies with his contractual duties and the letter of the law.