Virginia landlord ordered to pay back soldier for charging over new posting

Local,Virginia,Crime,Scott McCabe,Alexandria

A federal judge has ordered a Northern Virginia landlord to pay back a U.S. servicemember for illegally penalizing him for moving to a new post.

According to court documents, Occoquan Forest Drive and its registered agent, John E. Williams, of Alexandria, leased a residential property in Manassas to a servicemember and his wife.

After receiving orders to move to Nevada, the tenants properly terminated the lease pursuant to the Servicemember Civil Relief Act, which protects the rights of servicemembers while on active duty in the military by suspending or modifying certain civil obligations.

Williams refused to return the soldier's $2,500 security deposit and charged the couple $5,900 in additional fees, and the United States sued Occoquan and Williams.

The United States brought suit against Occoquan and Williams, and a federal judge last month ordered the business to return the money, prosecutors said Tuesday.

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