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F. Paul Maloof

F. Paul Maloof

Redmon, Peyton & Braswell, LLP
  • Real Estate Law, Landlord Tenant, Estate Planning...
  • District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
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Summary

I am an attorney who has practiced for more than 37 years in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. As a partner in a well established Alexandria City law firm, I provide my clients with full legal services at a high quality level and at reasonable hourly rates. I served in the U.S. Marine Corps and am happy to provide professional legal advice to all current and retired military personnel in the metropolitan Washington, DC region. I am currently accepting new clients so please give me a call to discuss the matter that has you concerned. Please see the fields of law in which I practice. If my practice areas do not fit your needs, one of my 12 partners will most likely be able to advise you. Call me today to discuss the problem that you face and to set up an office appointment so I can help you construct a resolution in your favor.

Practice Areas
  • Real Estate Law
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Estate Planning
  • Business Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Mergers & Acquisitions/Secured Transactions
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Foreign Judgments/Domestication & Enforcement
  • Commercial, Consumer & Medical Collections
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    15 minute free telephone consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    MasterCard, Visa and American Express
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Hourly rate depends on the complexity of the case
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
Maryland
Virginia
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Redmon, Peyton & Braswell, LLP
- Current
Education
Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. / Law
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Georgetown University
B.B.A. / Accounting & Economics
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Honors: Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges
Awards
Who’s Who in the World
Who’s Who in the World
Who's Who in American Law
Who's Who in American Law
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
Professional Associations
Alexandria City Bar Association
Member
- Current
Maryland State Bar
Member
- Current
Virginia State Bar
Member
- Current
District of Columbia Bar
Member
- Current
Websites & Blogs
Website
Legal Answers
2 Questions Answered

Q. Landlord has stated he has a right to set the terms for an early lease termination, including fees. Legal?
A: The first question that must be asked is whether the residential lease is a Virginia Residential Landlord-Tenant Act ("VRLTA") lease or a common law lease. If it is a common law lease, VA Code Sec. 55-225.16 gives the victim of family abuse, sexual abuse or criminal sexual assault the right to terminate the lease early. Unless the lease provides a clause for early termination on a job transfer, there is no right given by law. Under the VRLTA lease, VA Code Sec. 55-248.21:1, there is a right to a military person if that person has a transfer of duty station. In addition, VA Code Ann. § 55-248.21:2 gives the victim of family abuse, sexual abuse, or criminal sexual assault the right to terminate a VRLTA lease early. The VRLTA does not give a right to early termination of the lease for a job transfer. Also, the Landlord cannot act unilaterally to set the terms of any amendments to the residential lease. Your obligations as the Tenant remain as embodied in the lease until the end of the lease term, unless agreed to otherwise and signed by both the Tenant and the Landlord. If you leave the Premises and do not pay rent, the Landlord can file an Unlawful Detainer against you for their damages. The Landlord may be obligated to mitigate their damages, but you will need to assert that as an affirmative defense before the Court. This sounds like a messy situation that confronts you.
Q. Home renter, 1/2 way through 2-yr lease. Owner breaking lease to redevelop property. What's fair compensation?
A: Does the lease provide for an early termination? If it does, is there a provision that refers to the amount of compensation from one party to another for the early termination? If there is not a provision in the lease, then either the parties to the lease will need to amiably resolve the issue of fair compensation or a judge will need to make a determination. If it goes to court, each side in the dispute will be required to have an appraisal of the fair value to support that side of the claim. The other avenue of approach is to seek mediation so that a trained mediator can hear the facts and make a decision, which should be binding on each side of the dispute.
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Contact & Map
510 King Street
Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22314
USA
Telephone: (703) 684-2000