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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
Additional Practice Areas
  • Mergers & Acquisitions/Secured Transactions
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Foreign Judgments/Domestication & Enforcement
  • Commercial, Consumer & Medical Collections
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  • Free Consultation
    I offer a complementary 10 minute consultation by telephone. Call me today about your situation so we can discuss the issue and how it may be resolved.
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
Maryland
Virginia
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Redmon, Peyton & Braswell, LLP
- Current
Education
Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. / Law
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Georgetown University
B.B.A. / Accounting & Economics
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Honors: Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges
Awards
Who’s Who in the World
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Professional Associations
Alexandria City Bar Association
Member
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Maryland State Bar
Member
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Virginia State Bar
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District of Columbia Bar
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Legal Answers
10 Questions Answered

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.
Q. How to get my ex out of my apartment!
A: Based on your reported facts, it seems that you are the Lessee on a written lease. It also seems that you entered into an oral sublease with your girlfriend based on her paying you rent. The sublease, which would be considered a month-to-month tenancy based on Virginia law, requires a 30-day notice to terminate it. If you give the former girlfriend a written notice by or before 12/31/16, the oral sublease will be terminated as of last dat of January 2017. Once the oral sublease is terminated, you will then be required to go to court to file an Unlawful Detainer if she does not voluntarily vacate. Under Virginia law, you are prohibited from changing the locks (self-help) in a residential lease situation. You may want to hire a lawyer in Richmond to help advise you. I am located in Alexandria so it would be too far a distance to be your lawyer for this case.
Q. Can my boyfriends landlord tell him that I'm not allowed at his house and if I was he has to move?
A: It depends on what is stated in the lease as to the Tenant's visitors.
Q. Can I evict a tenant who keeps leaving doors unlocked?
A: If you have a written and signed lease and/or written and signed rules that each tenant must follow while a resident at the premises, you can refer to those lease's provisions or the rules give written notice to the other person that they are in violation of the lease or the rules. If you have no lease, there are no specific provisions in the lease that address safety issues or no written rules, there is not much you can do.
Q. Rcvd bill from old apt. in VA from 7.5 yrs ago. Has statute of limtns expired? Can they send to collections if not paid?
A: You are protected by the Statute of Limitations ("SOL") under Virginia law. If you entered into a written agreement, there is a 5 year SOL within which to bring a claim. If you entered into an oral agreement, there is a 3 year SOL within which to bring a claim. If either time period has lapsed, the claim is barred. It is an affirmative defense so you must raise it or lose it.
Q. Can my landlord dictate who comes on the property?
A: The answer to your question depends on what your lease states. Do you have a written lease? Does it have a provision call "Tenant's right to quiet enjoyment?" That provision gives you the right under Virginia law to peacefully enjoy the premises. If the Landlord is violating your right of quiet enjoyment, you will need to file a lawsuit to have a judge order the Landlord to cease and desist.
Q. Landlord has stated he has a right to set the terms for an early lease termination, including fees. Legal?
A: The first question that must be asked is whether the residential lease is a Virginia Residential Landlord-Tenant Act ("VRLTA") lease or a common law lease. If it is a common law lease, VA Code Sec. 55-225.16 gives the victim of family abuse, sexual abuse or criminal sexual assault the right to terminate the lease early. Unless the lease provides a clause for early termination on a job transfer, there is no right given by law. Under the VRLTA lease, VA Code Sec. 55-248.21:1, there is a right to a military person if that person has a transfer of duty station. In addition, VA Code Ann. § 55-248.21:2 gives the victim of family abuse, sexual abuse, or criminal sexual assault the right to terminate a VRLTA lease early. The VRLTA does not give a right to early termination of the lease for a job transfer. Also, the Landlord cannot act unilaterally to set the terms of any amendments to the residential lease. Your obligations as the Tenant remain as embodied in the lease until the end of the lease term, unless agreed to otherwise and signed by both the Tenant and the Landlord. If you leave the Premises and do not pay rent, the Landlord can file an Unlawful Detainer against you for their damages. The Landlord may be obligated to mitigate their damages, but you will need to assert that as an affirmative defense before the Court. This sounds like a messy situation that confronts you.
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