Tenant Landlord Publications, Brochures, Checklists, and Videos


tenant landlord publications  The Consumer Affairs Branch provides advice, information, and guidance for tenants and landlords.  Though staff cannot provide legal advice, they can provide guidance to help resolve your complaint. Below is a list of resources to educate you in understanding your rights and responsiblities.

Before you rent a place to live or before you rent a place you own, you need to understand what’s in a lease agreement.  Rights, responsibilities, and obligations should be clearly stated in the lease agreement. Review the Lease Checklist, before you rent, so you are aware of the items that should be addressed and get links to tenant-landlord laws. 

The Handbook for Tenants and Landlords is an explanation of the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (VRLTA), tenant-landlord laws, standard practices, and principles, contains useful advice for tenants and landlords.

The Tenant Resource Sheet  provides information for tenants so they know which county agency to call if they need assistance with repair or maintenance problems in their rental dwelling.

What Tenants and Landlords Need To Know (also available Espanol.) answers many of the questions frequently asked by tenants and landlords and provides links to applicable laws and resources.This brochure is offered by the Tenant-Landlord Commission and the Consumer Affairs Branch.

Whether you’re renting an apartment, townhouse, condominium or single family home, you can save money by improving the energy efficiency of your rental dwelling. Read Energy Saving Tips for Renters to find out how.  

Read the Informed Tenant and Landlord newsletter for useful information and resources for tenants and landlords. Note: information was accurate at the time of publication. Some links may no longer work.

Before you rent a room, read Renting a Room in Fairfax County for information to help you select a room that best meets your needs.

Available now for you to watch are two short Public Service Announcements (PSA) about renter's insurance brought to you by the Fairfax County Tenant-Landlord Commission:

Renter's Insurance PSA 1

Renter's Insurance PSA 2


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