Bill Summary

Landlord and tenant law. Removes remaining differences between general landlord and tenant provisions and the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act by conforming provisions pertaining to residential dwelling units in the following areas: (i) termination of a nonresidential tenancy by self-help eviction or by filing an unlawful detainer action; (ii) tenant obligations to maintain a dwelling unit; (iii) notice to the tenant in the event of foreclosure; (iv) wrongful failure to supply heat, water, hot water, or essential services; (v) prohibited provisions in the rental agreement; (vi) early termination of a rental agreement by military personnel; and (vii) remedies for the landlord’s failure to deliver possession. The bill also makes the following changes to landlord and tenant law: (a) clarifies the lease termination process; (b) provides that if a tenant allows his renter’s insurance to lapse, the landlord may provide coverage and require the tenant to pay the premium; (c) establishes protection for landlords who provide tenant information to a federal census official; (d) authorizes a landlord or property manager to appear in court to seek final rent and damages related to a dwelling unit; and (e) clarifies remedies for a tenant’s failure to prepare the dwelling unit for insecticide or pesticide applications.

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Date Action Vote Document
2018-02-01House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)Yea: 6 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2018-02-06House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N)Yea: 22 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2018-02-12House: VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 1-N 1-A)Yea: 97 No: 1 Other: 1Document
2018-02-19Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)Yea: 15 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2018-02-21Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)Yea: 40 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2018-02-22Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)Yea: 40 No: 0 Other: 0Document


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Bill History

Date Action
2018-03-09Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0221)
2018-03-09Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 221 (effective 7/1/18)
2018-03-02Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 9, 2018
2018-03-02Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 2, 2018
2018-02-28Signed by President
2018-02-26Signed by Speaker
2018-02-26Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB857ER)
2018-02-22Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
2018-02-22Read third time
2018-02-21Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
2018-02-19Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)
2018-02-13Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
2018-02-13Constitutional reading dispensed
2018-02-12VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 1-N 1-A)
2018-02-12Read third time and passed House (97-Y 1-N 1-A)
2018-02-09Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB857H1
2018-02-09Committee substitute agreed to 18106539D-H1
2018-02-09Read second time
2018-02-08Read first time
2018-02-06Committee substitute printed 18106539D-H1
2018-02-06Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N)
2018-02-01Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
2018-01-24Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
2018-01-09Referred to Committee on General Laws
2018-01-09Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102837D


Name District
Christopher PeaceHD-097