What to do about a notice to vacate that has not been acknowledged by my landlord?

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What to do about a notice to vacate that has not been acknowledged by my landlord?

I sent a notice to my landlord explaining that I was vacating the apartment due to their lack of repairing water damage that I reported that was starting to mildew. They have not responded to my letter and the timeframe that I gave them is up. Can I take their lack of response as them accepting my vacating the apartment?

Asked on October 11, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Virginia

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Before you vacate the unit with respect to the mildew and water damage that you have written about I suggest that you first consult with a landlord tenant attorney to confirm that you are within your legal rights to terminate your lease.

You should not deem the landlord's lack of response to your notice of your intent to vacate as an acceptance by your landlord. To protect yourself you might contact the local health department as well the building and permit department for an inspection of the rental to confirm that the unit's condition is such warranting the termination of your lease without recourse.


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