End of Tenancy and Breaking The Lease in Northern Virginia

What happens in Northern Virginia when the lease ends?

At the end of the lease term in Northern Virginia, either party can opt to end the tenancy. The property owner could choose not to renew the lease or the tenant could choose to not to renew the lease. If the property owner wishes to end the lease, or end our property management services, please send us written notice as described in your property management agreement.

When we don't receive such notice, we will strive to make choices that will keep your rental investment producing the highest possible net income. This means that we will routinely contact a tenant 6 to 8 weeks before the end of the lease in order to renew the lease.

At that point we give the tenant two choices:

  1. Month-to-month --- This will include a large rent increase.
  2. Renew the lease --- This will lock the rental investment up for another year with a small rent increase.

When tenants break the lease

Sometimes circumstances arise which make a renter to end the lease before the lease term is over. When this occures, Nesbitt Realty tries to minimize the impact of this event on the property owner. If a renter leaves with little or no notice, this will surely cause the tenant to lose the deposit but this is never a windfall for the rental owner. That money is consumed by paying for vacancy and the cost of acquiring a new tenant .

Readying the property

We will have the carpet professional cleaned upon renter move-out and the actual cost of carpeting will be deducted from the tenant 's security deposit, per your lease.
We recommend that the owner replace the carpet every 5 to 7 years. We recommend that the landlord paint every 5 to 7 years.

Utilities

During vacancies we will either put the utilities in our name or in the owner's name.