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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 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
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Real Estate Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Business Law
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  • Mergers & Acquisitions/Secured Transactions
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Foreign Judgments/Domestication & Enforcement
  • Commercial, Consumer & Medical Collections
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
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Professional Experience
Redmon, Peyton & Braswell, LLP
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Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. / Law
Georgetown University
B.B.A. / Accounting & Economics
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Professional Associations
Alexandria City Bar Association
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Maryland State Bar
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Legal Answers
16 Questions Answered

Q. Can an apt owner renege on agreed upon rental terms after leasing agent and renter sign tentative agreement?
A: Generally, a letter of intent is not a binding contract. In addition, it sounds like if the landlord had not signed the lease with the terms that your proposed, the landlord did not make a formal commitment but the lease was still subject to further negotiation.
Q. What happens if a carport got stolen off the property I rent. Landlord got a civil warrant on us. Why r we responsible?
A: In Virginia as in most jurisdictions, the party who brings the lawsuit has the burden of proof in a civil case to prove his claims. If the landlord cannot prove that you "stole" his carport because you deny you "stole" the carport, he has not carried the burden of proof. You should appear in court and dispute the landlord's claims.
Q. Landlord's power of attorney filed no trespassing on me not eviction can she do that?I want my belongings from the house
A: In a residential lease situation in Virginia, a landlord or the landlord's agent or power of attorney must go to court and get a judgment for possession before they can proceed with an eviction or change the locks. If you are the tenant and have personal belongings at the premises, you have a right to go to the premises and get them. If there are any problems, you will need to contact the police.
Q. I had a verbal agreement with a tenant. So far he has failed to pay off his delinquent balance of over 6 months rent.
A: Your case is one considered an "open account." In order to recover the money owed to you, you will need to file a Warrant in Debt at the court and have it served on the person whop owes you the money. You may need to testify to the indebtedness before a judge when the case comes before a judge. If the amount is small, you may be able to file a small claims lawsuit.
Q. Tenant broke lease 2 months before ending date, do I have to refund all security deposit to tenant based on 55-248.31?
A: The correct Virginia Code section regarding the security deposit is 55-248.15:1. The operative language of the Code section that applies to you question is as follows: Upon termination of the tenancy, such security deposit, whether it is property or money held by the landlord as security as hereinafter provided may be applied solely by the landlord (i) to the payment of accrued rent and including the reasonable charges for late payment of rent specified in the rental agreement; (ii) to the payment of the amount of damages which the landlord has suffered by reason of the tenant's noncompliance with § 55-248.16, less reasonable wear and tear; or (iii) to other damages or charges as provided in the rental agreement. The security deposit and any deductions, damages and charges shall be itemized by the landlord in a written notice given to the tenant, together with any amount due the tenant within 45 days after termination of the tenancy and delivery of possession.
Q. Are we entitled to pro-rated rent if the next renter's lease overlaps with ours?
A: It seems to me that there are several hypothetical facts that need to be determined to be factual or not. If you can determine whether there is a new tenant in the premises, you should not be required to pay the full amount of the rent for the month. Once that is determined, you will have certainty as to how you need to proceed otherwise it may be very risky to speculate about the facts.
Q. I received a lease renewal agreement and signed it but hadn't turned it in. Then I received a letter stating they aren't
A: A lot depends on what the lease provides for the renewal. If you want to make an appointment for Monday afternoon and bring the lease, I will be happy to review it at that time and answer any questions. Paul Maloof
Q. Landlord wont refund application fee, agent knew was already occupied.
A: It sounds like a slight of hand situation by the leasing agent. Whether it is legal is a question that a judge would have to make. I know of no Virginia Code section that addresses your situation. It is a question of fact for a judge. If you bring a lawsuit, you will have the burden of proof that supports your claim that you had the right to lease the apartment and you should be reimbursed for your application fees. You could bring a small claims action in Virginia if the amount is less that $5,000. No attorney is needed in a small claims action.
Q. If my ex moved out and she was on the lease is she accountable for the rent?
A: In most residential leasing situation, when there is more than one occupant/lessee/tenant on the Lease, the Tenants are "jointly and severally liable" for the rent. This means that each of you are individually obligated to pay the rent and your are jointly obligated to pay the rent. If you cannot afford to pay the rent, that reason alone does not shift the obligation to the other person on the Lease. If the Landlord brings an Unlawful Detainer against you for unpaid rent, you are entitled to implead your ex-spouse to demand that she be equally liable in the lawsuit. For the sole reason that your ex-spouse moved out of the Premises, she is not relieved of the obligations under the Lease. Verbal agreement are generally not good. Ninety-nine percent of the time, one person's memory of what was agreed to as far as sharing expenses is not what the other person recalls. Hence, you will have a dispute on your hands.
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