By Ars Technic staffPublished February 11, 2021 09:15:24A class action suit filed in US federal court on Thursday seeks to award damages for the $5,000-a-month rent and the additional $7,000 that Terrace’s landlord has to pay to the city for a public speaking class.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the Eastern District of Virginia, was filed by two Terrace residents, and two others who rented their apartments to Terrace from March to October of last year.
In the lawsuit, one of the plaintiffs alleges that Terracys landlord, George Dolan, was negligent and “acted with deliberate indifference” to Terracy’s obligations under Virginia’s rent control law, which requires that landlords pay their rent and to be responsible for paying a portion of their rent.
The case is the latest example of landlords taking advantage of the rent-control law in Virginia to charge rent increases in the hopes of making rent more affordable.
It’s not the first time the city has filed such a lawsuit against a landlord.
In October, the city of Richmond sued two landlords who had allegedly inflated rent by $300 per month.
A judge ordered the landlords to pay back $1,400 in rent over the next three years, and the city is appealing that decision.