Yes, a lease can automatically renew in Virginia. A lease may include an automatic renewal clause, which renews the lease unless either party gives notice before the end of the lease.
Sometimes, this clause will renew the lease for the same period as the original lease. It may instead renew the lease on a month-to-month basis.
However, an automatic renewal clause is not the only way that a lease can renew in Virginia. If a tenant stays on the property after the lease expires, the landlord can consent to the continued tenancy. The terms and conditions of the original lease will stand unless new terms are introduced with 30-days’ written notice (VA Code § 55.1-1253(c)).
A month-to-month tenancy can be terminated with at least 30-days’ written notice unless the rental agreement specifies a different notice period (VA Code § 55.1-1253(a)).
The information for this answer was found on our Virginia Residential Lease Agreement answers.