Bill Summary

Landlord and tenant; tenant rights and responsibilities. Requires the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop a statement of tenant rights and responsibilities explaining in plain language the rights and responsibilities of tenants under the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (§ 55.1-1200 et seq.) and maintain such statement on the Department’s website along with a form to be signed by the parties to a rental agreement. The bill requires that the statement be provided to any prospective tenant and that the form developed by the Department be signed by the parties to the rental agreement. The bill prohibits a landlord from filing or maintaining an action against a tenant in a court of law for any alleged lease violation until he has provided the tenant with the statement of tenant rights and responsibilities.

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Date Action Vote Document
2020-01-29Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (14-Y 0-N)Yea: 14 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2020-02-05Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (13-Y 3-N)Yea: 13 No: 3 Other: 0Document
2020-02-06Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)Yea: 40 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2020-02-10Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 10-N)Yea: 27 No: 10 Other: 0Document
2020-02-18House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (15-Y 5-N)Yea: 15 No: 5 Other: 0Document
2020-02-21House: VOTE: Passage (59-Y 38-N)Yea: 59 No: 38 Other: 0Document
2020-02-25Senate: House substitute rejected by Senate (2-Y 38-N)Yea: 2 No: 38 Other: 0Document
2020-02-28Senate: Senate acceded to request (36-Y 2-N)Yea: 36 No: 2 Other: 0Document
2020-03-07Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (29-Y 11-N)Yea: 29 No: 11 Other: 0Document
2020-03-08House: VOTE: Adoption (55-Y 40-N)Yea: 55 No: 40 Other: 0Document


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Bill History

Date Action
2020-04-09Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0986)
2020-04-09Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 986 (effective 7/1/20)
2020-03-20Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
2020-03-20Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
2020-03-19Signed by Speaker
2020-03-18Signed by President
2020-03-18Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB707ER)
2020-03-08VOTE: Adoption (55-Y 40-N)
2020-03-08Conference report agreed to by House (55-Y 40-N)
2020-03-07Conference report agreed to by Senate (29-Y 11-N)
2020-03-05Conference: Amended by conference committee
2020-03-02Delegates: Ward, Simon, Miyares
2020-03-02Conferees appointed by House
2020-02-28Senators: McClellan, Hashmi, Kiggans
2020-02-28Conferees appointed by Senate
2020-02-28Senate acceded to request (36-Y 2-N)
2020-02-26House requested conference committee
2020-02-26House insisted on substitute
2020-02-25House substitute rejected by Senate (2-Y 38-N)
2020-02-21VOTE: Passage (59-Y 38-N)
2020-02-21Passed House with substitute (59-Y 38-N)
2020-02-21Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB707H1
2020-02-21Committee substitute agreed to 20108620D-H1
2020-02-21Read third time
2020-02-20Read second time
2020-02-18Committee substitute printed 20108620D-H1
2020-02-18Reported from General Laws with substitute (15-Y 5-N)
2020-02-18Referred to Committee on General Laws
2020-02-18Read first time
2020-02-18Placed on Calendar
2020-02-10Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 10-N)
2020-02-07Printed as engrossed 20106406D-ES1
2020-02-07Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB707ES1
2020-02-07Committee amendment agreed to
2020-02-07Reading of amendment waived
2020-02-07Committee substitute agreed to 20106406D-S1
2020-02-07Reading of substitute waived
2020-02-07Read second time
2020-02-06Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
2020-02-05Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (13-Y 3-N)
2020-01-29Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
2020-01-29Committee substitute printed 20106406D-S1
2020-01-29Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (14-Y 0-N)
2020-01-07Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
2020-01-07Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20105101D


Name District
Jennifer McClellanSD-009