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F. Paul Maloof

F. Paul Maloof

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  • Landlord Tenant, Real Estate Law, Estate Planning...
  • District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
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I am an attorney who has practiced for more than 38 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 have an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell that is the highest rating for lawyers. I do not take cases on a contingency fee basis. 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 give me a call to discuss the matter that has you concerned and how I can be of service. 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. You need to take the first step. Call me today.

Practice Areas
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Real Estate Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Business Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Mergers & Acquisitions/Secured Transactions
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Foreign Judgments/Domestication & Enforcement
  • Commercial, Consumer & Medical Collections
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    Hourly rate depends on the complexity of the case
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Redmon, Peyton & Braswell, LLP
- Current
Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. / Law
Georgetown University
B.B.A. / Accounting & Economics
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Professional Associations
Alexandria City Bar Association
- Current
Maryland State Bar
- Current
Virginia State Bar
- Current
District of Columbia Bar
- Current
Legal Answers
30 Questions Answered

Q. Had a guest over from about 10pm to 3am for about 3 nights a week. Would this guest be considered an overnight guest?
A: Based on the reported facts you have, it sounds like you had a "guest" that subjects you to the charge as indicated in the lease.
Q. LL deducted cleaning expenses from sec. dep. without providing a list within 30 days. Should I sue based on this?
A: You will need to sue to claim the un-funded security deposit.
Q. Can my landlord force me to pay $250 to break my lease
A: Your obligation to pay a fee to break the lease must be in the written and signed lease provisions to be binding on you. You should look for that provision. If there is no provision as such, you are not obligated to pay the amount. If there is a provision, you should cite it in a written agreement that terminates the lease and release you for any and all future lease obligations. The termination agreement should be signed by the landlord and you.
Q. Is it legal for a landlord to NOT rent under the VA Code? My landlord says they don't and we have mold in our house
A: I do not understand your question. The Virginia Code does not provide for whether or not a landlord can rent a premises.
Q. If I decide to break my lease and not pay till the end of the lease agreement, can my landlord sue me?
A: If the lease states that a nonpayment of rent is a breach of the lease, the landlord will have a right to bring a claim in a curt lawsuit.
Q. If I signed my lease renewal 45 days prior to lease ending, can I change my mind and get out of the lease
A: Unless there is some type of "escape clause" in the lease renewal agreement, I think you are bound by the terms of the renewed lease.
Q. Does it mean anything if I have a lease not signed by the landlord?
A: The answer is found in Virginia Code § 55-248.8. Effect of unsigned or undelivered rental agreement. If the landlord does not sign and deliver a written rental agreement signed and delivered to him by the tenant, acceptance of rent without reservation by the landlord gives the rental agreement the same effect as if it had been signed and delivered by the landlord. If the tenant does not sign and deliver a written rental agreement signed and delivered to him by the landlord, acceptance of possession or payment of rent without reservation gives the rental agreement the same effect as if it had been signed and delivered by the tenant. If a rental agreement, given effect by the operation of this section, provides for a term longer than one year, it is effective for only one year.
Q. Can legal fees be assessed if no documentation is filed with the courts?
A: If the residential lease provides that they can, that is the agreement.
Q. Can attorney fees be assessed to late fees?
A: The assessment of attorney's fees on any matter involved with the residential lease depends on what is stated in the lease. You should read your lease very carefully.
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510 King Street
Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: (703) 684-2000