Is a Contract to Lease Binding in Virginia?

This question is about Virginia Residential Lease Agreement

Is a Contract to Lease Binding in Virginia?

Yes, a contract to lease is binding in Virginia. Like some other states, Virginia only requires the signature of one party to be binding.

If the landlord doesn’t sign a lease that has been signed by the tenant, accepting rent has the same effect as signing the lease. If the tenant does not sign a lease that has been signed by the landlord, moving onto the property and paying the rent has the same effect as signing the lease.

A lease signed in this way is only effective for one year (VA Code § 55.1-1207).

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