Bill Summary

Landlord and tenant; tenant’s remedy by repair. Permits a tenant, under certain circumstances, to have a condition that constitutes a material noncompliance by the landlord with the rental agreement or with provisions of law, or that if not promptly corrected will constitute a fire hazard or serious threat to the life, health, or safety of occupants of the premises, remedied by a third-party licensed contractor or a licensed pesticide business. The bill provides that, unless the tenant has been reimbursed by the landlord, the tenant may deduct from rent the actual costs incurred, not to exceed the greater of one month’s rent or $1,500, after submitting to the landlord an itemized statement accompanied by receipts for purchased items and third-party contractor or pest control services.

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Date Action Vote Document
2020-02-05Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N)Yea: 15 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2020-02-07Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)Yea: 37 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2020-02-10Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)Yea: 39 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2020-02-10Senate: Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)Yea: 39 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2020-02-18House: Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)Yea: 5 No: 0 Other: 1Document
2020-02-27House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (13-Y 8-N)Yea: 13 No: 8 Other: 0Document
2020-02-27House: Reported from General Laws with substitute (13-Y 8-N)Yea: 13 No: 8 Other: 0Document
2020-03-03House: VOTE: Passage (55-Y 41-N)Yea: 55 No: 41 Other: 0Document
2020-03-04Senate: House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N)Yea: 0 No: 40 Other: 0Document
2020-03-05Senate: Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N)Yea: 40 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2020-03-07Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)Yea: 40 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2020-03-08House: VOTE: Adoption (54-Y 38-N)Yea: 54 No: 38 Other: 0Document


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Bill History

Date Action
2020-04-09Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1020)
2020-04-09Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 1020 (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 (SB905ER)
2020-03-08VOTE: Adoption (54-Y 38-N)
2020-03-08Conference report agreed to by House (54-Y 38-N)
2020-03-08Passed by temporarily
2020-03-07Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
2020-03-05Conference substitute printed 20109798D-S2
2020-03-05Conference: Amended by conference committee
2020-03-05Delegates: Aird, Simon, Wampler
2020-03-05Conferees appointed by House
2020-03-05Senators: Stanley, Mason, Kiggans
2020-03-05Conferees appointed by Senate
2020-03-05Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N)
2020-03-05House requested conference committee
2020-03-05House insisted on substitute
2020-03-04House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N)
2020-03-03VOTE: Passage (55-Y 41-N)
2020-03-03Passed House with substitute (55-Y 41-N)
2020-03-03Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB905H1
2020-03-03Committee substitute agreed to 20108421D-H1
2020-03-03Read third time
2020-03-02Read second time
2020-02-27Reported from General Laws with substitute (13-Y 8-N)
2020-02-27Committee substitute printed 20108421D-H1
2020-02-18Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
2020-02-14Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
2020-02-13Referred to Committee on General Laws
2020-02-13Read first time
2020-02-13Placed on Calendar
2020-02-10Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N)
2020-02-10Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
2020-02-10Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB905S1
2020-02-10Committee substitute agreed to 20107742D-S1
2020-02-10Reading of substitute waived
2020-02-10Read second time
2020-02-07Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
2020-02-05Committee substitute printed 20107742D-S1
2020-02-05Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N)
2020-01-08Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
2020-01-08Presented and ordered printed 20104774D


Name District
William StanleySD-020
Jennifer McClellanSD-009