Bill Summary

Housing; installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Creates a statewide standard for the installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in rental property. The bill requires a landlord (i) to install a smoke alarm but does not permit a locality to require new or additional wiring or the upgrading of smoke alarms under certain conditions and (ii) to certify annually that smoke alarms have been installed and maintained in good working order in a residential dwelling unit pursuant to the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (?§27-94 et seq.) and the Uniform Statewide Building Code (?§36-97 et seq.). The landlord is also required to install a carbon monoxide alarm upon request by a tenant; the installation and subsequent maintenance must be in compliance with the Statewide Fire Prevention Code and the Uniform Statewide Building Code. A tenant of a rental dwelling unit with a smoke alarm or both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms shall not tamper or remove such alarms. Under the bill, a reasonable accommodation must be made for persons who are deaf or hearing impaired, upon request. Localities that have enacted a fire and carbon monoxide alarm ordinance must conform such ordinances with these state standards by July 1, 2019. The bill also requires the Department of Housing and Community Development, in consultation with the Department of Fire Programs, to develop a form for landlords for use in certifying inspections that summarizes smoke alarm maintenance requirements for landlords and tenants. The bill, as introduced, is a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Commission. This bill incorporates SB 743 and is identical to HB 609.

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Date Action Vote Document
2018-01-22Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N)Yea: 15 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2018-01-24Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)Yea: 40 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2018-01-26Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)Yea: 39 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2018-02-15House: Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N)Yea: 22 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2018-02-20House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)Yea: 100 No: 0 Other: 0Document


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Bill History

Date Action
2018-03-02Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0081)
2018-03-02Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 81 (effective 7/1/18)
2018-02-26Governor: Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 5, 2018
2018-02-26Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 26, 2018
2018-02-23Signed by President
2018-02-22Signed by Speaker
2018-02-22Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB391ER)
2018-02-20VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
2018-02-20Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
2018-02-20Read third time
2018-02-19Read second time
2018-02-15Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N)
2018-01-31Referred to Committee on General Laws
2018-01-31Read first time
2018-01-31Placed on Calendar
2018-01-26Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
2018-01-25Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB391S1
2018-01-25Committee substitute agreed to 18105785D-S1
2018-01-25Reading of substitute waived
2018-01-25Read second time
2018-01-24Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
2018-01-23Incorporates SB743 (DeSteph)
2018-01-22Committee substitute printed 18105785D-S1
2018-01-22Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
2018-01-09Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
2018-01-09Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101367D


Name District
George BarkerSD-039
Bill DeStephSD-008
Adam EbbinSD-030