New Consideration for Virginia Landlords with 5 or More Rental Properties

The Virginia legislature made some changes to Virginia fair housing law in this 2020 term, effective July 1 2020, and source of funds is now a protected class. This is important to understand for everyone who owns or manages rental properties in Virginia!

What does this mean? “It is now illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of a residential property based on a person’s source of funds” according to this article from the Virginia Association of Realtors.

What does “source of funds” mean? It’s a rental assistance, benefit, or subsidy program. These programs are what we think of with terms such as “Section 8” or “Housing Choice Voucher”.

So if a rental applicant is using a rental assistance program, as a landlord you cannot factor that in to your decision whether or not to accept that applicant.

There are two exceptions to this law:
(1) if the landlord owns four or less rental properties in Virginia. Ownership includes having more than a 10% interest in a business entity that owns rental property.
(2) “If the source of income is not approved by the administering program within 15 days, the owner is able to deny the tenant’s application.” (source)

Questions about screening applicants, or owning investment property in Virginia? Reach out, I’m happy to help!

Also, check out my YouTube Real Estate Investing playlist for helpful videos on being a landlord!

July Newsletter: Latest Market Activity & Spotlight on Loudoun Cares

This month’s newsletter is ready for you. View it below or click here to download. The newsletter’s helpful articles include:

  • Handling Pressure
  • Virtual House Hunting
  • Hygge Decor Tips to Bring Calm To Your Home
  • Latest Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Statistics

In this month’s local profile Valerie Pisierra, Executive Director of the nonprofit Loudoun Cares, shares about the organization and how it helps people in Loudoun County. Loudoun Cares is a “matchmaker” of sorts, connecting volunteers with organizations seeking help, and those in need with those able to help. Watch the video to learn more!

Home Sellers Webinar

This seminar will share insider tips to help you prepare to sell your home. Learn from industry experts and get tools to help you sell your home in the fastest time possible for the most money possible.

Event is FREE, but you MUST register here to get the Zoom URL for the webinar!

As you considering selling your home, we’re here to set you up for success so the process is easy and profitable. Let’s walk through preparing your house for sale (What’s worth updating? What’s not?), staging your house to look its best, the sale process, accounting and tax considerations of your house sale, and the title and settlement process handling the legal end.

Topics Include:
Preparing to Sell
On the Market
Reviewing Offers
Under Contract
Title & Settlement: Process Details

Attendees will also have the chance to win door prizes!

Sponsored By:
Adrienne Green, Realtor, Samson Properties
Lavanya Carrithers, CEO, Legacy Title & Escrow, LLC
Leigh Newport, Staged By Design
Lisa Reyes, Fresh Coat Painters of Fairfax

June Newsletter: Seller Webinar, Market Activity, & Spotlight on Local Non-Profit

This month’s newsletter is ready for you. View it below or click here to download. The newsletter’s helpful articles include:

  • Health Benefits of Gratitude
  • Value of Fresh Paint
  • Buyer Tips Before House Hunting
  • Latest Northern Virginia Real Estate Market Statistics


This month’s local profile is Kim Tapper, with A Place to Be. A former dancer, Kim has spent her career utilizing the arts to help people overcome obstacles. She now applies her experience to A Place To Be, a local non-profit focused on music therapy.

This month I will also be hosting a home sellers webinar, for those who are considering selling their homes. Visit here for details.