The Virginia five (5) day notice to pay or quit, in regards to § 55-225, is used when a tenant has failed to pay rent. The landlord must serve this notice on the tenant (and allow them the full 5 day period to pay the past due rent) before an eviction lawsuit can be filed. If the tenant does not pay the rent (or move out of the rental unit) by the end of the fifth (5th) day of the notice period, the landlord can them sue them for possession of the property. If the tenant does pay the past due amount within the five day period, the landlord cannot file an eviction suit against them.
How to Write
Step 1 – Write the name(s) of the tenant(s) in the “To” field(s). In the “From” field(s), put the name of the landlord/property manager.
Step 2 – Fill in the “Itemized Charges” section by entering the months/rental periods that the rent is due from, the monthly rental charge, any late charges, and the total amount that is due.
Step 3 – Enter the court costs (attorney fees, filing fees, etc.) that the tenant will need to pay if they do not pay the past due rent.
Step 4 – Date the notice (day, month, year) and then sign your name (or have an authorized representative sign theirs) in the “By” field.