January 30, 2020
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Chesterfield County’s Department of Community Enhancement and the Revitalize Our Communities Committee (ROCC) have published a Good Landlord/Tenant Guide designed to provide both parties the information, tips and resources needed to achieve a mutually-beneficial rental experience.
The guide, available online as a webpage and downloadable brochure, provides information on all five stages of the rental journey: Rental Knowledge, the Inspection, the Lease, the Occupancy and the Move Out. It also includes links to useful resources for landlords and tenants, including information on state and federal law as well as non-profit and governmental groups that can provide legal aid, landlord ratings and more.
“Good landlords attract good tenants and make great neighborhoods,” the guide states. “We all have different expectations of residences, but actively being a good landlord helps to make Chesterfield neighborhoods great places to live and attracts good tenants. The appearance of the property can positively or negatively affect the relationship between landlords and tenants, property values and the quality of your neighborhood. These simple guidelines will positively affect the landlord/tenant relationship.”
ROCC, a citizen-led extension of the Department of Community Enhancement, is a committee of volunteers who represent each magisterial district in Chesterfield. Its mission is to identify best practices and disseminate information to individuals and organizations to maintain or improve communities.
“The rental experience in Chesterfield is not limited to those in apartment complexes,” said ROCC member Renae Eldred. “Many neighborhoods, trailer parks and even motels are home to renters. Some do not fully understand what the landlords’ or tenants’ responsibilities or rights are. We hope this guide will lead those individuals who have questions to the proper resources to find their answers.”
“Many people are unaware of the importance of a lease,” added ROCC Chair Sharon Sipos. “We hope to encourage both landlords and tenants to have a written lease that is read and understood by both parties.”
The Good Landlord/Tenant Guide is the second guide created by the Department of Community Enhancement’s ROCC team aimed at helping residents improve community relationships, property values and the quality of Chesterfield neighborhoods. In 2018, the department published the ROCC’s Good Neighbor Guide, which provides recommendations on such topics as property appearance, litter, debris and garbage, noise, property usage, right of way and more.
For more information on the Good Landlord/Tenant Guide or to explore Chesterfield’s efforts to improve the value, quality and attractiveness of the county, visit the Department of Community Enhancement webpage.