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What repairs must a landlord make inside a rental unit?

Tenants and landlords in Virginia each have rights and responsibilities to fulfill in accordance with the rental agreement. According to FindLaw, one of the most important responsibilities you have as a landlord is to keep your rental property in a habitable condition; this includes each individual unit as well as the building(s) at large. 

However, there are legal limits to your responsibility to make repairs inside tenants' units. Unless you promised a tenant a particular repair (either verbally or in writing), the problem violates a building code or the rental agreement requires you to fix any problem that arises, the law does not require you to address minor problems such as the following:

  • Grimy grout
  • Torn window screens
  • Dripping faucets
  • Running toilets
  • Small carpet holes

Traffic tickets can be more serious than you think

In Virginia, a person may face different potential penalties based on the traffic crimes they are being accused of. The more serious penalties are usually tied to issues like driving while under the influence or getting into an accident with another motorist or pedestrian. However, traffic tickets can be just as harmful to an accused driver.

FindLaw takes a look at the different types of traffic tickets a person could face. Generally speaking, traffic tickets are issued for "lesser" crimes. These can include:

  • Speeding
  • Running stoplights or stop signs
  • Distracted driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving without a license
  • Leaving the scene of an accident

Who gets what in a Virginia divorce?

Divorce comes with multiple stressors, one of which is splitting up all your valuables and belongings. This step is often the source of much contention, not only about who gets what but also about what to do with certain property, such as a house.

Each state has its own laws governing the process of property division to help couples reach a just resolution. How does the state of Virginia divide assets in a divorce?

What is Virginia's "Lemon Law"?

Virginian residents like you may have heard of "lemon cars" before. These are (usually new) vehicles that often have some sort of design flaw or defect that prevents it from running as intended. Madigan & Scott, Inc., is here to help if you've found yourself stuck with a lemon.

The first thing to understand is that Virginia's Lemon Law usually applies to new vehicles. However, there are some conditions in which it may also apply to used cars. In all cases, however, the cars cannot be commercial vehicles. This means buses, taxis, and big-rigs are usually exempt. The vehicle must also have been purchased by an individual and not a government agency. In short, you'll have better luck if your own personal vehicle has turned out to be a lemon, rather than a company car.

Factors that can impact Breathalyzer accuracy

A conviction for a Virginia drinking and driving charge can bring with it considerable consequences, and it has the potential to set you back financially as well as professionally. You may, too, face jail time, mandatory substance abuse treatment requirements and other potential penalties for your actions following a Virginia DUI or DWI conviction. Because the penalties associated with drinking and driving are so substantial, it is critical that your breath test results paint a clear and accurate picture of your alcohol consumption. At Madigan and Scott, Inc., we understand that certain factors can throw off Breathalyzer accuracy, and we have assisted many Virginia residents facing DUI or DWI charges defend themselves.

Per AlcoholAlert.com, one of several factors that can potentially lead to a falsely elevated breath test is temperature. Breathalyzers are highly sensitive to outside temperatures as well as a suspect’s internal temperature, and in some cases, temperatures have the capacity to affect test results.

Why blowing off your court date is a really bad idea

At Madigan and Scott, Inc., in Virginia, we understand that you may not take a traffic ticket too seriously, especially if you are a young person. You may just throw it in your glove compartment and forget about it or you may think that if you ignore it long enough it will just go away. In either case, however, if you forget or neglect to go to court on your appointed day, you could find yourself in big trouble.

As the Fairfax County District Court explains, when you fail to appear at your court hearing, the judge has two options: conduct your trial in your absence or issue a bench warrant for your arrest.

Watch out for deer out on Virginia’s roads

Drivers can face many hazards. Sometimes, their fellow motorists act unsafely. Poor road or weather conditions can arise. And sometimes, animals create safety risks for drivers.

Take, for example, large animals like deer. When such animals go out on the roads, there can be the potential for traffic accidents to occur that can cause significant damage and harm.

Review your estate plan after these 4 life events

Creating estate plan documents is important, but things may go wrong if you fail to update them. Any significant change in your family or financial situation warrants an estate plan update. If you do not review your estate plan, your current wishes may not be in writing. 

If any of the following events take place, you should analyze and make update your estate plan, including any wills, trusts, powers of attorney and beneficiary designations. 

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