If my landlord isn’t supposed to be renting but is, who do I report it to?

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If my landlord isn’t supposed to be renting but is, who do I report it to?

I believe it has something with her current state of disability. I’m not sure of all the details but her recent boyfriend let it slip in an argument with her and she verified it was true. How much legal trouble could she be in?

Asked on September 17, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Virginia

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

In order to see if your landlord is allowed to rent the unit you have, contact the local housing authority in your community and discuss the matter in greater detail that you have written about here. Some communities require that the landlord apply for and get issued a certificate to rent out his or her unit.

As to trouble that the landlord could get into for renting an illegal unit, the unit could be shut down for rental operations and you could possibly be entitled to the return of all rent paid.


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