Landlord-Tenant Disputes

The relationship between a landlord and a tenant is unique and often complex. On one hand, the relationship is a business transaction where both parties have certain financial and transactional responsibilities toward one another.

On the other hand, an apartment or other rental unit is someone's home, and that is profoundly personal. If the landlord happens to live in the building or in a nearby building on the property, he or she also has a personal stake in what might otherwise be strictly a business relationship.

At The Law Office of James Steele PLLC, we represent both landlords and tenants in disputes that require legal intervention. Our attorneys have extensive knowledge of the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and renters, and we seek to resolve our clients' issues in a thorough yet cost-effective manner.

Representing Landlords

Our firm offers services and representation to landlords seeking help with:

  • Summons for Unlawful Detainer (evictions)
  • Pursuing claims for tenant property damage (Warrant in Debt)
  • Completing the eviction process after a court judgment
  • Collecting a monetary judgment
  • Compliance with the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act
  • Drafting leases and notices that comply with all applicable laws

Representing Tenants

If you are a tenant pursuing claims against your landlord or disputing claims made by your landlord, our firm may be able to help. We offer representation in matters including:

  • Defending against eviction
  • Defending against claims of property damage
  • Recovering security deposits
  • Filing claims against your landlord (called Tenant's Assertions)

Landlord-Tenant Dispute Lawyers in Roanoke and Surrounding Counties

Our landlord-tenant services are handled only by our Roanoke office, and so we limit this area of our practice to Roanoke and neighboring counties. We charge a consultation fee of $50 for the initial thirty-minute consultation. This amount is credited to the retainer cost if you decide to hire us. To learn more about how we may be able to help you, please fill out our online contact form or call The Law Office of James Steele PLLC at 540-339-7487.