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F. Paul Maloof

F. Paul Maloof

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  • Landlord Tenant, Business Law, Real Estate Law...
  • Maryland, Virginia
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I have practiced law for more than 39 years in Virginia and Maryland. As a partner in a well established Alexandria City law firm, I provide my clients with legal services at a high quality level and at reasonable hourly rates in Northern Virginia, including Fairfax County. 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 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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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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Legal Answers
341 Questions Answered

Q. Do we have to pay for structural damage to the fireplace that was there before we move and was not disclosed?
A: Damage to the fireplace that existed and was not disclosure is a matter of fact. You will need an expert to testify in support of your position.
Q. I live in a income based apartment complex and I'm being forced to pay back rent that I was never told about til now.
A: If you have a written lease that specifies the rent, you are bound by the terms to pay the current and the back rent.
Q. Can landlord keep next of kin off property after a death for next of kin to appraise property?
A: If she refuses to allow you in the property to have an appraisal performed, you will need to get a court order that requires her to let you on the property.
Q. Did the Virginia Tenant Law change in regards to interest earned on security deposit? We have rented for 37 months.
A: I know of no fixed interest rate set forth in the Virginia Code on a security deposit regarding residential leases. Generally, any reference to a security deposit that bears interest will be in the lease only.
Q. What happens if landlord doesn't give me required notice of right to be present at move-out inspection in Virginia?
A: The Tenant has a right to bring a claim against the Landlord for breach of the lease if no notice was given for the move out inspection and no security deposit was returned to the Tenant. If you sue, you will have the burden of proof of show the Judge you are correct regarding your claim. If the claim is for less that $5,000, you can file a small claims case, which is easier to prove and no lawyers are involved.
Q. In civil cases, does the judge or jury know most of the information that came out during discovery about each side?
A: It will depend on how the information that was garnered during discovery is presented to the judge or jury.
Q. Question on Unlawful Detainer Summons
A: Depending on the Court, the first return of the claim is to ask the defendants/tenants (if they appear for the hearing) if agree or disagree with the claims. If they disagree, the judge will set it for a trial on another date, which may be in one week or two weeks at the most. If the tenants do not show up, you can ask for immediate possession and must give the judge a copy of the 5 day notice, the original lease and a written accounting of the money you are claiming for back rent, etc. The judge may also ask you to give testimony to prove your claim.
Q. Tenant filed for bankruptcy prior to entering into a lease agreement, can they avoid being evicted for not paying rent?
A: You need to contact a bankruptcy attorney. I do not handle that type of work. Sorry.
Q. I filed an unlawful detainer for a house I rent due to non-payment of rent April/May/June.
A: A 5 day notice to pay or quit may be mailed by first class mail, postage prepaid. The Judge will ask for a copy of the 5 day pay or quit notice when you appear at court. As husband and wife being the landlord, generally the court will allow one of the spouses to be the plaintiff. Some judges are more picky than other. If both tenants are named in the unlawful detainer and both were properly served, both are required to appear in court. If the tenant pay the rent arrearage before the court date, you should send the tenant a "reservation of rights" letter in order to preserve your rights to continue with the court case. You will need to show the Judge the reservation of rights letter at Court.
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