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F. Paul Maloof

F. Paul Maloof

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  • Business Law, Landlord Tenant, Real Estate Law...
  • District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia
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I have practiced law 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 work with individuals and small 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 lease, business acquisition, estate planning and serving as general civil litigation counsel. 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 at 703-684-2000.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Real Estate Law
  • Estate Planning
Additional Practice Areas
  • 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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Virginia State Bar
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District of Columbia Bar
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Legal Answers
52 Questions Answered

Q. Failed to give 60 day written notice to vacate apartment. Management threatening to go to collections for extra month.
A: You should ask the management to show you the email that allegedly notified you that the rent would increase. Generally, a written lease, even for 4 months, cannot be modified except by a writing that is signed by both the tenant and the landlord. Unilateral modifications are unenforceable in Virginia. If management bring a claim in court, they have the burden of proof to show they have a right to the additional rental amount. You may want to seek advice form a local attorney.
Q. Filed for Unlawful Detainer, Rent will be due again before case goes to court. VRLTA lease.
A: The answer depends on how you stated your claim for unpaid rent on the existing Unlawful Detainer (UD). If you claimed: Rent of $____ through DOJ - which means Date of Judgment, then you are covered for July. If you only claimed unpaid rent for June, you are held to just that month for this UD. You will have to either amend your UD by filing a Motion to Amend or file a follow up 5 day notice and an new UD for the July unpaid rent.
Q. When does someone become a shareholder?
A: A person becomes a shareholder when a stock certificate is issued to that person and they pay at least the par value of the stock.
Q. What kind of notice should be provided to a tenant from a landlord when a lease will not be renewed?
A: The answer will depend on what is stated in the lease for the renewal. Many leases are either an automatic renewal or renewal upon 60 days notice. The type of notice should also be stated in the lease. Generally, written notice is required. A text message may be written notice. If there is no provision about renewal of the lease, then the lease ends at the end of the term.
Q. How are tenants right guaranteed through VA-Title55-Ch13-55-222 in Virginia?
A: VA Code Section 55-222(A) states as follows: § 55-222. Notice to terminate a tenancy; on whom served; when necessary. A. A tenancy from year to year may be terminated by either party giving three months' notice, in writing, prior to the end of any year of the tenancy, of his intention to terminate the same. This Code section allows for "either" the landlord or the tenant to give the 3 month's written notice to terminate a one year lease. Renewal of the lease is a different subject. It depends on what is stated in the lease as to what are the terms of "renewal of the lease. You may want to seek advice from an attorney who is in your locale.
Q. Can I have a 17 year old step son arrested for breaking into a locked bedroom
A: You should go the Prince William County Magistrate's Office to ask your question. This is a criminal matter and not a family law or Landlord-Tenant matter.
Q. We gave a landlord a $400 deposit to hold a property. It is still occupied and he refuses to give us our money back.
A: Since the landlord took your money, did not deliver the premises as agreed and will not return your money, he is in breach of contract. Since the amount is only $400.00, you can bring a lawsuit in small claims court where the property is located and demand your $400 be returned. Attorneys are not permitted in small clams cases in Virginia.
Q. Landlord gave us notice he's selling and totally renovating, including all appliances. Can he still deduct from security
A: The answer to your question will depend on what is stated about this subject in your lease. You should read the lease very carefully. If the lease is silent on these repairs, the landlord has no right to deduct them from your security deposit. You may want to get advice from an attorney who is near you.
Q. My roommate and I have been late several times through our lease but we due to job changing we always notified landlord
A: In Virginia, a landlord of a residential lease cannot evict a tenant without a court order. When you were late on your previous rent, the landlord may have accepted the rent and thus waived any issue of default. On the other hand, if the landlord accepted the late rent "with reservation of rights," the landlord preserved his/her rights to proceed in court with an Unlawful Detainer that could lead to an eviction. Either way, a tenant cannot be evicted without a court order for possession. If you sign an addendum that modifies the lease, you will be bound by its terms. If you do not sign the addendum, the written lease remains in effect and in full force. The law in Virginia does not require that you sign any addendum during the term of the residential lease. You should also very carefully read your lease to see what it says about the landlord's and/or the owner's rights to ask you to leave the premises when the owner intends to sell the property. If the lease gives the landlord and/or the owner rights to do that, then you are bound by those provisions. If the lease is silent as to that matter, the landlord has no right to require that you leave before the end of the term. You may want to seek the advice of an attorney in your locale.
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Alexandria, VA 22314
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