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AshburnBuyer, Home Buyer in 20148

How long can a landlord keep unused rent money from the renter?

Asked by AshburnBuyer, 20148 Wed Apr 18, 2012

On 2/1/2012, I gave written notice to move out of a rental unit in Ashburn. The landlord and I agreed on the move out date of 3/31/2012

On 3/1/2012, I paid my final month rent of $2,500 to the landlord.

On 3/2/2012, my landlord found a renter and asked me if I could change the move out date from Mar 31 to Mar 10. I agreed on the new date. The landlord agreed to refund the unused portion of the rent money. The unused portion would be about $1,600

On 3/10/2012, I passed final inspection, no damage, rental unit in excellent condition.

On March 28, 2012, I got a full refund of my security deposit of $2,500, but no refund on my unused rent of $1,600!
Between March 28 to April 18, I attempted to contact my former landlord but he refused to answer my phone calls and my emails.

Can my former landlord keep my unused rental money for 45 days?

By the way, my landlord is an active real estate agent – is he bound by some code of conduct?

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He is bound by the law. Check the LT handbook.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon May 6, 2013…
Here is a link to the landlord/tenant handbook.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 19, 2012
The best thing to do is download the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Handbook. That should be answered in there. Just google it, its a free pdf download.
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