In a supplement to Saturday’s Washington Post, a reader asked the question “is it legal for my landlord to require me to get (renters) insurance if it was not stated in my lease.”
The answer, according to property manager Robert Griswold, is ” . . . your landlord cannot require you to get such a policy and provide proof to him unless it is in your lease.”
Griswold goes on to say that “the landlord must honor the lease until it expires, but that he can modify the lease to include a requirement that you have renters insurance if you want to renew your lease.”
This is probably a good discussion to have before renting – to assure both parties of expectations and to set the ground for future interaction.
Another preliminary discussion should involve maintenance issues and notification about those issues. More on that tomorrow.
Renting in the Northern Virginia area is a viable option, especially when moving from another part of the country.
Give me a call at 703.927.4554 for how to start your search.