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F. Paul Maloof

F. Paul Maloof

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  • Maryland, Virginia
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I give my clients personal attention and have done so for more than 40 years in Virginia and Maryland. As a partner in a well established Alexandria City law firm, I provide my clients with legal services and skills at a high quality level and at reasonable hourly rates in Northern Virginia, including Fairfax County. I work with individuals, as well as small and large businesses. I advise clients who are consumers and professionals on a range of issues, specifically; fair business practices, business contract disputes, landlord and tenant law, residential real estate matters, loan documentation, commercial leases, business acquisitions, estate planning and serving as general civil litigation counsel. I have an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell that is the highest rating regarding competence and ethics for lawyers. I accept cases on an hourly billing basis. 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 at 703-684-2000.

Practice Areas
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Estate Planning
Additional Practice Areas
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions/Secured Transactions
  • Foreign Judgments/Domestication & Enforcement
  • Commercial, Consumer & Medical Collections
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
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Redmon, Peyton & Braswell, LLP
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Education
Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. | Law
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Georgetown University
B.S. (1975) | Accounting & Economics
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Professional Associations
Alexandria City Bar Association
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Maryland State Bar
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Virginia State Bar
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Legal Answers
642 Questions Answered

Q. Concerning Move Out Inspection, the VRLTA states the landlord will notify the tenant of move out inspection times which
A: I think the lease provision regarding a move-out inspection to which you refer states the following: 34. MOVE-OUT INSPECTION. Tenant has the right to be present at the inspection. Landlord, within five (5) days of receipt of Notice of the Tenant’s intent to vacate the Premises, shall make a reasonable effort to advise Tenant in writing of the right to be present at Landlord’s move-out inspection of the Premises, which will take place within 72 hours after Tenant’s departure. Tenant shall advise Landlord in writing of the intent to be present at the inspection. If Tenant fails to make such a request Landlord will proceed to do the move-out inspection without Tenant being present. The provision allows for "a reasonable effort for the Tenant to be present at the Landlord's move-out inspection...within 72 hours after Tenant's departure." It does not make it mandatory by using the words "shall take place" rather than "will take place." In addition, if the Tenant is not at the move-out inspection, the Landlord has the right to proceed to do the inspection without the Tenant being present. Thus, you can work out some compromise with the Landlord about the inspection date or take a lot of pictures that will show the condition of the premises on the day you return possession of the premises to the Landlord as proof of its condition, just in case a dispute arises.
Q. Can my landlord give a pay or quit notice just by email?
A: The means by which the notice to pay or quit should be stated in the lease. The Virginia Code allows for notice by email or electronically as well as several other means of notice.
Q. my landlord made the mistake when signing the lease for 2017 to 2018 and instead put 2017 to 2017 what does that mean
A: In Virginia, there is a legal doctrine called mutual mistake of fact. It seems that the typo mistake was not recognized by either party to the lease. The court, if it came to a lawsuit, would most likely reform the lease to show 2017 to 2018.
Q. Can I be kicked out for late fees that are are year old
A: Based on contract law in Virginia, there is a statute of limitations for 3 years on an oral contract and 5 years on a written contract. It sounds like you had a written lease contract that was not renewed in a new written lease so the tenancy became a month to month tenancy by operation of law but the underlying written leader's provisions remain in effect. As such, the landlord may have the right to claim late fees and if not paid would be a breach of the contract for which an Unlawful Detainer can be filed. You should get a formal opinion from an attorney in order to protect your interests.
Q. Can a landlord increase rent during a VA residential lease? In lease contract line 13 reads landlord can during anytime
A: In consideration of a lease with a 6 month term, at the end of the 6 months, the lease becomes a month-to-month lease by operation of law unless it is renewed in a new written document. During the term of the 6 months, it is a binding contract for which the rent cannot be increased unilaterally but can be modified by written agreement of the tenant and the landlord. Once the lease turns into a month-to-month tenancy, a 30 day written notice will be required for the rent to be increased by the landlord. Just because the tenant don't agree with the landlord about a rent increase, it is not a basis for proceeding with an Unlawful Detainer and after a judgment is awarded an eviction. You should consult an attorney who can render a formal opinion on your factual situation.
Q. A tenant has not paid this months rent but has vacated the property, do I have the right to enter and clean it ?
A: If the tenant returned the keys to the landlord, that is viewed by the law in Virginia as the return of possession of the premises to the landlord and the landlord will then be authorized to enter the premises. Failure of the tenant to pay rent is not a valid basis for the landlord to enter the premises.
Q. my toilet was clogged landlord got rotor rooter to unclog it now charging me over 800.00 to be paid in 4 day
A: If your lease provides that tenant is responsible for maintenance and repairs of the premises, then you are bound by that agreement.
Q. What can a landlord charge for late fees and are they a one time thing. For West Virginia
A: I do not hold a West Virginia license to practice law so I cannot answer your question. Sorry.
Q. Which circumstances can a landlord raise rent during a 6month VA residential lease?
A: The meaning of "notice" as defined by the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act is found in VA Code Section 55.1-1200 and states as follows: "Notice" means notice given in writing by either regular mail or hand delivery, with the sender retaining sufficient proof of having given such notice in the form of a certificate of service confirming such mailing prepared by the sender. However, a person shall be deemed to have notice of a fact if he has actual knowledge of it, he has received a verbal notice of it, or, from all of the facts and circumstances known to him at the time in question, he has reason to know it exists. A person "notifies" or "gives" a notice or notification to another by taking steps reasonably calculated to inform another person, whether or not the other person actually comes to know of it. If notice is given that is not in writing, the person giving the notice has the burden of proof to show that the notice was given to the recipient of the notice.
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