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Old 01-24-2017, 12:09 PM
 
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My boyfriend had me move in last year. He lied to me and promised things that have not happened. It turns out he is an alcoholic and verbally abusive when he drinks. He informed my aunt a few weeks ago that he is thinking of taking my keys, disappearing and keeping my stuff to get me out. I pay half the utility bill and buy most of the groceries. Can he legally do this?
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Old 01-24-2017, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA, from Boston
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wouldn't moving out be a good thing?
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Old 01-25-2017, 11:14 AM
 
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Technically yes, but I am on disability so my income is very limited. I am trying to find a way to move out peacefully when I have a place to go.
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Old 01-25-2017, 06:45 PM
 
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You need to check out the City-Data Forum Real Estate subforum Renting. Maybe ask your question again there and provide more legal details. There are lots of real estate agents, landlords and renters to provide you with advice. Whatever it is, they have seen it all. They can be harsh sometimes but often you can get some useful advice.

I have been both a renter and a landlord several times (I'm not a lawyer or a realtor). Laws vary substantially from state to state and sometimes even by city. Do you have your name on any rental paperwork? If not, you are a non-tenant resident. Your legal rights vary by locality but in Virginia they tend to be slim to nonexistent.

Depending on the locality and resources, you may have access to volunteer Legal Aid Pro Bono. See https://www.justia.com/lawyers/virgi...-bono-services
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Old 01-26-2017, 02:50 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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You need to check out the City-Data Forum Real Estate subforum Renting. Maybe ask your question again there and provide more legal details. There are lots of real estate agents, landlords and renters to provide you with advice. Whatever it is, they have seen it all. They can be harsh sometimes but often you can get some useful advice.

I have been both a renter and a landlord several times (I'm not a lawyer or a realtor). Laws vary substantially from state to state and sometimes even by city. Do you have your name on any rental paperwork? If not, you are a non-tenant resident. Your legal rights vary by locality but in Virginia they tend to be slim to nonexistent.

Depending on the locality and resources, you may have access to volunteer Legal Aid Pro Bono. See https://www.justia.com/lawyers/virgi...-bono-services


Actually, if they paid $1 towards rent they are a legal tenant and they do have rights. Laws could have changed over the last several years in VA but this was the case for many years.
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