Bill Summary

Landlord and tenant; noncompliance with rental agreement; prohibition on using negative credit information arising from the COVID-19 pandemic against applicants for tenancy; penalty. Provides that a landlord who owns more than four rental dwelling units or more than a 10 percent interest in more than four rental dwelling units in the Commonwealth shall not take any adverse action against an applicant for tenancy based solely on payment history or an eviction for nonpayment of rent that occurred during the period beginning on March 12, 2020, and ending 30 days after the expiration or revocation of any state of emergency declared by the Governor related to the COVID-19 pandemic. If such a landlord denies an applicant for tenancy, the bill requires the landlord to provide the applicant written notice of the denial and of the applicant’s right to assert that his failure to qualify was based upon payment history or an eviction based on nonpayment of rent that occurred during the proscribed period. If a landlord does receive a response from the applicant asserting such a right, and the landlord relied upon a consumer or tenant screening report, the landlord must make a good faith effort to contact the generator of the report to ascertain whether such determination was due solely to the applicant for tenancy’s payment history or an eviction for nonpayment that occurred during the proscribed period. The bill permits a tenant or applicant for tenancy to recover damages of up to $1,000, along with attorney fees, from landlords who do not comply with these requirements.

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Date Action Vote Document
2020-08-24House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (11-Y 8-N)Yea: 11 No: 8 Other: 0Document
2020-08-24House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (12-Y 8-N)Yea: 12 No: 8 Other: 0Document
2020-09-03House: VOTE: Passage Emergency (54-Y 44-N)Yea: 54 No: 44 Other: 0Document
2020-09-18Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (8-Y 3-N 3-A)Yea: 8 No: 3 Other: 3Document
2020-09-24Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N)Yea: 35 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2020-09-25Senate: Passed Senate with amendments (20-Y 16-N)Yea: 20 No: 16 Other: 0Document
2020-10-02House: VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 97-N)Yea: 0 No: 97 Other: 0Document
2020-10-07Senate: Senate insisted on amendments (22-Y 12-N)Yea: 22 No: 12 Other: 0Document
2020-10-14Senate: Conference report rejected by Senate (1-Y 37-N)Yea: 1 No: 37 Other: 0Document
2020-10-14Senate: Senate insisted on amendment (28-Y 9-N)Yea: 28 No: 9 Other: 0Document
2020-10-14House: VOTE: Rejected (0-Y 90-N)Yea: 0 No: 90 Other: 0Document
2020-10-16House: VOTE: Agreed To (57-Y 42-N)Yea: 57 No: 42 Other: 0Document
2020-11-09Senate: Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (23-Y 16-N)Yea: 23 No: 16 Other: 0Document
2020-11-09House: VOTE: Adoption (55-Y 43-N)Yea: 55 No: 43 Other: 0Document


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Bill History

Date Action
2020-11-09Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0047)
2020-11-09Enacted, Chapter 47 (effective 3/1/21)
2020-11-09Signed by President as reenrolled
2020-11-09Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
2020-11-09Reenrolled bill text (HB5106ER2)
2020-11-09Governor: Governor's recommendation adopted
2020-11-09Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (23-Y 16-N)
2020-11-09VOTE: Adoption (55-Y 43-N)
2020-11-09House concurred in Governor's recommendation (55-Y 43-N)
2020-11-05Governor's recommendation received by House
2020-10-30Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., November 6, 2020
2020-10-30Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on October 30, 2020
2020-10-30Signed by President
2020-10-28Signed by Speaker
2020-10-28Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB5106ER)
2020-10-16VOTE: Agreed To (57-Y 42-N)
2020-10-16Conference report agreed to by House (Y-57 N-42)
2020-10-16Conference report agreed to by Senate (22-Y 14-N)
2020-10-16Second Conference substitute printed 20201382D-H3
2020-10-16Conference: Amended by conference committee
2020-10-16Senators: Barker, Ebbin, Reeves
2020-10-16Second conferees appointed by Senate
2020-10-14Delegates: Cole, J.G., Bulova, Morefield
2020-10-14Second conferees appointed by House
2020-10-14House acceded to request for second conference committee
2020-10-14Senate requested second conference committee (28-Y 9-N)
2020-10-14Conference report rejected by Senate (1-Y 37-N)
2020-10-14Passed by temporarily
2020-10-14VOTE: Rejected (0-Y 90-N)
2020-10-14Conference report rejected by House (0-Y 90-N)
2020-10-14Conference substitute printed 20201355D-H2
2020-10-14Conference: Amended by conference committee
2020-10-07Senators: Barker, Ebbin, Reeves
2020-10-07Conferees appointed by Senate
2020-10-07Delegates: Cole, J.G., Bulova, Morefield
2020-10-07Conferees appointed by House
2020-10-07House acceded to request
2020-10-07Senate requested conference committee
2020-10-07Senate insisted on amendments (22-Y 12-N)
2020-10-02VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 97-N)
2020-10-02Senate amendments rejected by House (0-Y 97-N)
2020-10-02Placed on Calendar
2020-09-29Passed by for the day
2020-09-25Passed Senate with amendments (20-Y 16-N)
2020-09-25Engrossed by Senate as amended
2020-09-25Amendment by Senator Barker agreed to
2020-09-25Reading of amendment waived
2020-09-25Committee amendment #3 rejected
2020-09-25Committee amendments #'s 1,2,4,5 agreed to
2020-09-25Reading of amendments waived
2020-09-25Read third time
2020-09-24Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N)
2020-09-18Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (8-Y 3-N 3-A)
2020-09-04Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
2020-09-04Constitutional reading dispensed
2020-09-03VOTE: Passage (54-Y 44-N)
2020-09-03Read third time and passed House (54-Y 44-N)
2020-08-28Printed as engrossed 20200990D-EH1
2020-08-28Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments HB5106EH1
2020-08-28Emergency clause deleted
2020-08-28Amendments by Delegate Convirs-Fowler agreed to
2020-08-28Amendment by Delegate Simon agreed to
2020-08-28Committee substitute agreed to 20200990D-H1
2020-08-28Read second time
2020-08-27Passed by for the day
2020-08-26Read first time
2020-08-24Reported from General Laws with substitute (12-Y 8-N)
2020-08-24Committee substitute printed 20200990D-H1
2020-08-21Referred to Committee on General Laws
2020-08-21Presented and ordered printed with emergency clause 20200742D