Renters vs. Landlords: New Law Offers New Recourse
Monday, July 15th, 2013
By Alison Burns, Public News Service- VA
Renters in Virginia have new recourse against landlords who illegally evict them.
A new state law now allows tenants who’ve been locked out of their homes to file a simple form in General District Court to get back in, instead of pursuing a more complicated legal process that had been in effect.
“It’s a huge win for renters,” says Christie Marra, an attorney with the Virginia Poverty Law Center. “It means they have real access to justice in these cases where landlords clearly are violating the law.”