Bill Summary

Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; access to dwelling unit during certain declared states of emergency. Provides that a tenant shall be deemed to have reasonable justification for declining to permit a landlord or managing agent to exhibit the tenant’s dwelling unit for sale or lease if the tenant has reasonable concern for his own health, or the health of any authorized occupant, during a state of emergency declared by the Governor in response to a communicable disease of public health threat and the tenant has provided written notice to the landlord informing the landlord of such concern. The bill requires the tenant in such circumstances to provide to the landlord or managing agent a video tour of the dwelling unit or other acceptable substitute for exhibiting the dwelling unit for sale or lease. The bill also provides that during a state of emergency declared by the Governor in response to a communicable disease of public health threat a tenant may provide written notice to the landlord requesting that one or more nonemergency property conditions in the dwelling unit not be addressed in the normal course of business of the landlord due to such communicable disease of public health threat. The bill provides that in such case, the tenant shall be deemed to have waived any and all claims and rights under the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act against the landlord for failure to address such nonemergency property conditions. Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; access to dwelling unit during certain declared states of emergency. Provides that a tenant shall be deemed to have reasonable justification for declining to permit a landlord or managing agent to exhibit the tenant’s dwelling unit for sale or lease if the tenant has reasonable concern for his own health, or the health of any authorized occupant, during a state of emergency declared by the Governor in response to a communicable disease of public health threat and the tenant has provided written notice to the landlord informing the landlord of such concern. The bill requires the tenant in such circumstances to provide to the landlord or managing agent a video tour of the dwelling unit or other acceptable substitute for exhibiting the dwelling unit for sale or lease. The bill also provides that during a state of emergency declared by the Governor in response to a communicable disease of public health threat a tenant may provide written notice to the landlord requesting that one or more nonemergency property conditions in the dwelling unit not be addressed in the normal course of business of the landlord due to such communicable disease of public health threat. The bill provides that in such case, the tenant shall be deemed to have waived any and all claims and rights under the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act against the landlord for failure to address such nonemergency property conditions.

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Status

Votes

Date Action Vote Document
2021-01-21House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)Yea: 7 No: 0 Other: 1Document
2021-01-26House: Reported from General Laws (13-Y 9-N)Yea: 13 No: 9 Other: 0Document
2021-02-01House: VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N)Yea: 55 No: 45 Other: 0Document
2021-02-05Senate: Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N)Yea: 14 No: 0 Other: 0Document

Amendments

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Bill History

Date Action
2021-02-05Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N)
2021-02-02Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
2021-02-02Constitutional reading dispensed
2021-02-01VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N)
2021-02-01Read third time and passed House (55-Y 45-N)
2021-01-29Printed as engrossed 21102398D-E
2021-01-29Engrossed by House as amended HB1981E
2021-01-29Emergency clause deleted
2021-01-29Amendments by Delegate Simon agreed to
2021-01-29Read second time
2021-01-28Passed by for the day
2021-01-27Read first time
2021-01-26Reported from General Laws (13-Y 9-N)
2021-01-21Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
2021-01-17Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
2021-01-11Referred to Committee on General Laws
2021-01-11Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/13/21 21102398D

Sponsors

Name District
Betsy CarrHD-069
Mark LevineHD-045
Marcia PriceHD-095