Bill Summary

Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. Provides that where there is more than one tenant subject to a rental agreement, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by each of the tenants, disposition of the security deposit shall be made with one check being payable to all such tenants and sent to the forwarding address provided by the tenants. If the tenants do not provide the landlord a forwarding address to enable the landlord to make a refund of the security deposit, upon the expiration of one year from the date of the end of the 45-day statutory period, the balance of the tenants’ security deposit shall escheat to the Commonwealth and shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Virginia Housing Partnership Revolving Fund. Upon payment to the Commonwealth, the landlord shall have no further liability to the tenant relative to the security deposit and is deemed in compliance with real estate licensing laws and corresponding regulations of the Real Estate Board. The bill also allows a landlord to proceed to obtain possession of the premises when rent is unpaid within five days after the landlord’s pay or quit notice because an electronic fund transfer has been rejected due to insufficient funds or a bad faith stop order on an electronic payment by the tenant. In addition, the bill provides in the case of a month-to-month tenancy for a single family residence the lease may provide for a notice of termination period other than 30 days. Under current law such tenancy may be terminated by either party giving 30 days’ notice in writing, prior to the next rent due date, of his intention to terminate. The bill contains technical amendments.

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Date Action Vote Document
2013-01-23House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)Yea: 6 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2013-01-24House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N)Yea: 22 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2013-01-30House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)Yea: 101 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2013-02-11Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (14-Y 0-N)Yea: 14 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2013-02-13Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)Yea: 40 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2013-02-14Senate: Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)Yea: 40 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2013-02-18House: VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N)Yea: 101 No: 0 Other: 0Document


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Bill History

Date Action
2013-03-20Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0563)
2013-03-20Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 563 (effective 7/1/13)
2013-02-22Signed by President
2013-02-21Signed by Speaker
2013-02-21Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1734ER)
2013-02-18VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N)
2013-02-18Senate substitute agreed to by House 13105066D-S1 (99-Y 0-N)
2013-02-15Placed on Calendar
2013-02-14Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)
2013-02-14Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1734S1
2013-02-14Committee substitute agreed to 13105066D-S1
2013-02-14Reading of substitute waived
2013-02-14Read third time
2013-02-13Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
2013-02-11Committee substitute printed 13105066D-S1
2013-02-11Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (14-Y 0-N)
2013-01-31Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
2013-01-31Constitutional reading dispensed
2013-01-30VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
2013-01-30Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
2013-01-29Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1734H1
2013-01-29Committee substitute agreed to 13104417D-H1
2013-01-29Read second time
2013-01-28Read first time
2013-01-24Committee substitute printed 13104417D-H1
2013-01-24Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
2013-01-23Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
2013-01-18Assigned GL sub: #1 Housing
2013-01-08Referred to Committee on General Laws
2013-01-08Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103362D


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