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Pursuant to Code of Virginia Title 55 Chapter 13.2 Section 55-248.31 subsection C, you must give the Tenant a written 30-day notice to vacate the premises for noncompliance with the rental agreement. Then, if the Tenant refuses to vacate the premises at the expiration of the notice, you can then file eviction action in Court in order to remove her from the premises citing Code of Virginia Title 55 Chapter 13.2 Sections 55-248.31 and 55-248.16 as the reason for the eviction.
There is no self-remedy to eviction actions in the Commonwealth of Virginia. So, you cannot change the locks or throw her stuff out in order to remove her from the premises. You must use the Court system to accomplish the eviction. Otherwise, the Tenant can file lawsuit against you for illegal outster. See Code of Virginia Title 55 Chapter 13.2 Section 55-248.26.
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You can cite Code of Virginia Title 3.2 Chapter 65 Section 3.2-6503. Click here for the rest of the "Animal Code."
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