Virginia  |  Landlord & Tenant Law

Legal Question

Asked on: 6/28/06, 3:45 pm

Evicting an invited guest, but no lease for anyone?

I have been living on the property of a

friend's grandfather. The owner does

not reside there, but his grandson

does. He has no lease and does not

pay rent. I live in my own RV that sits

on the property, and do not use the

house. I was invited to stay here by

grandson and owner both while I

worked on an engine conversion. In 6

months, I have split all of the utility

bills with the grandson, I have the

phone bill at the property in my name,

and have performed renovations on

the house such as installing new

plumbing, ostensibly as payment or

reimbursement for being allowed to

stay. After a falling out between the

grandson and I, he wishes for me to

leave. I can't go until the engine's

done, and I feel that he should honor

his original commitment. Is there any

precedent for this? I have read the

Virginia code, and it says that a

landlord can evict a guest of a tennant

if he has committed conduct outside

of the language of the lease. With no

lease here for any of us, or landlord,

where do we stand?

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