§ 55-225

Failure to pay certain rents after five days’ notice forfeits right of possession

If any tenant or lessee of premises in a city or town, or in any subdivision of suburban and other lands divided into building lots for residential purposes, or of premises anywhere used for residential purposes, and not for farming or agriculture, being in default in the payment of rent, shall so continue for five days after notice, in writing, requiring possession of the premises or the payment of rent, such tenant or lessee shall thereby forfeit his right to the possession. In such case the possession of the defendant may, at the option of the landlord or lessor, be deemed unlawful, and he may proceed to recover in the same manner provided by Article 13 (§ 8.01-124 et seq.) of Chapter 3 of Title 8.01.Nothing, however, shall be construed to prohibit a landlord from seeking an award of costs or attorney’s fees under § 8.01-27.1 or civil recovery under § 8.01-27.2 as part of the damages requested on an unlawful detainer action filed pursuant to § 8.01-126 provided the landlord has given notice, which notice may be included in a five-day termination notice provided in accordance with this section.

History

Code 1919, § 5448; 2008, c. 489.

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