Bill Summary

Landlord and tenant laws. Provides under the landlord and tenant law and the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (VRLTA) that unless a tenant is at fault in cases of mold needing remediation, the landlord is obliged to pay all costs associated with the tenant’s temporary relocation as well as the costs of mold remediation. Among other things, the bill (i) provides that, except for applicable lawful householder’s exemptions, nothing affects the right of a landlord with respect to an inchoate or perfected lien of a landlord on the personal property of a tenant of any leased or rented commercial or residential premises or the right of such landlord to distress, levy, and seize such personal property as otherwise provided by law; (ii) clarifies that residential provisions under the landlord and tenant law do not apply to dwelling units under the VRLTA; (iii) provides that a landlord’s collection agency and a third party providing background screening or credit reporting services to the landlord or his managing agent may have access to tenant records; (iv) allows the landlord to charge a tenant for his records, if the rental agreement so provides; (v) clarifies that a landlord is not obligated to make repairs to address damages identified in the move-in inspection report unless otherwise required to do so under the VRLTA; (vi) requires a tenant to maintain carbon monoxide detectors to the standards established in the Uniform Statewide Building Code; and (vii) provides that if, upon inspection of the dwelling unit, the landlord determines that repairs are necessary, the landlord may make such repairs and send the tenant an invoice for payment. If, upon inspection of the dwelling unit, the landlord discovers a violation of the rental agreement, the VRLTA, or other applicable law, the landlord may send a written notice of termination. If a tenant declines to permit the landlord or managing agent to exhibit the dwelling unit for sale or lease, the landlord may recover damages, costs, and reasonable attorney fees against such tenant. The bill contains technical amendments.

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Status

Votes

Date Action Vote Document
2016-02-09House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)Yea: 8 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2016-02-11House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N)Yea: 23 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2016-02-16House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)Yea: 102 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2016-02-29Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (10-Y 0-N)Yea: 10 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2016-03-02Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)Yea: 40 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2016-03-03Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)Yea: 39 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2016-03-03Senate: Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (36-Y 0-N)Yea: 36 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2016-03-03Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)Yea: 40 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2016-04-20House: VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N)Yea: 103 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2016-04-20Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N)Yea: 39 No: 0 Other: 0Document

Amendments

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Bill History

Date Action
2016-04-20Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0744)
2016-04-20Enacted, Chapter 744 (effective 7/1/16)
2016-04-20Signed by President as reenrolled
2016-04-20Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
2016-04-20Reenrolled bill text (HB735ER2)
2016-04-20Reenrolled
2016-04-20Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
2016-04-20Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N)
2016-04-20VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N)
2016-04-20House concurred in Governor's recommendation (100-Y 0-N)
2016-04-20Placed on Calendar
2016-04-04Governor's recommendation received by House
2016-03-09Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
2016-03-09Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/9/2016
2016-03-09Signed by President
2016-03-07Signed by Speaker
2016-03-07Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB735ER)
2016-03-07Enrolled
2016-03-03Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
2016-03-03Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (36-Y 0-N)
2016-03-03Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
2016-03-03Read third time
2016-03-02Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
2016-02-29Reported from General Laws and Technology (10-Y 0-N)
2016-02-17Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
2016-02-17Constitutional reading dispensed
2016-02-16VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N)
2016-02-16Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
2016-02-15Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB735H1
2016-02-15Committee substitute agreed to 16104997D-H1
2016-02-15Read second time
2016-02-13Read first time
2016-02-11Committee substitute printed 16104997D-H1
2016-02-11Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
2016-02-09Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
2016-01-18Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #1
2016-01-12Referred to Committee on General Laws
2016-01-12Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101099D

Sponsors

Name District
Jackson MillerHD-050