Bill Summary

Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; tenant remedies for exclusion from dwelling unit, interruption of services, or actions taken to make premises unsafe. Provides that a general district court shall enter an order upon petition by a tenant that his landlord has (i) removed or excluded the tenant from the dwelling unit unlawfully, (ii) interrupted or caused the interruption of an essential service to the tenant, or (iii) taken action to make the premises unsafe for habitation. The bill allows entry of a preliminary order ex parte to require the landlord to allow the tenant to recover possession of the dwelling unit, resume any such interrupted essential service, or fix any willful actions taken by the landlord or his agent to make the premises unsafe for habitation if there is good cause to do so and the tenant made reasonable efforts to notify the landlord of the hearing. The bill requires that any ex parte order entered shall further indicate a date for a full hearing on the petition that is no later than 10 days from the initial hearing date. Finally, the bill provides that, at a full hearing on such petition and upon proper evidence presented, the tenant shall recover actual damages, the greater of $5,000 or four months’ rent, and reasonable attorney fees.

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Status

Became Law

Votes

Date Action Vote Document
2021-01-27Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (13-Y 0-N 2-A)Yea: 13 No: 0 Other: 0Document
2021-01-29Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N)Yea: 35 No: 0 Other: 4Document
2021-02-02Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 12-N)Yea: 27 No: 12 Other: 0Document
2021-02-11House: Reported from General Laws with amendment(s) (13-Y 9-N)Yea: 13 No: 9 Other: 0Document
2021-02-16House: VOTE: Passage (54-Y 45-N)Yea: 54 No: 45 Other: 1Document
2021-02-18Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (24-Y 13-N)Yea: 24 No: 13 Other: 2Document
2021-02-18Senate: Reconsideration of House amendment agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)Yea: 38 No: 0 Other: 1Document
2021-02-18Senate: House amendment agreed to by Senate (24-Y 15-N)Yea: 24 No: 15 Other: 0Document

Amendments

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Bill History

Date Action
2021-03-30Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0404)
2021-03-30Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 404 (effective 7/1/21)
2021-02-25Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
2021-02-25Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
2021-02-24Signed by Speaker
2021-02-22Signed by President
2021-02-22Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1215ER)
2021-02-22Enrolled
2021-02-18House amendment agreed to by Senate (24-Y 15-N)
2021-02-18Reconsideration of House amendment agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N)
2021-02-18House amendment agreed to by Senate (24-Y 13-N)
2021-02-16VOTE: Passage (54-Y 45-N)
2021-02-16Passed House with amendment (54-Y 45-N)
2021-02-16Engrossed by House as amended
2021-02-16Committee amendment agreed to
2021-02-16Read third time
2021-02-15Read second time
2021-02-11Reported from General Laws with amendment(s) (13-Y 9-N)
2021-02-08Continued to Special Session 1 in General Laws by voice vote
2021-02-05Referred to Committee on General Laws
2021-02-05Read first time
2021-02-05Placed on Calendar
2021-02-02Read third time and passed Senate (27-Y 12-N)
2021-02-01Printed as engrossed 21102805D-E
2021-02-01Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1215E
2021-02-01Committee amendment agreed to
2021-02-01Reading of amendment waived
2021-02-01Read second time
2021-01-29Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N)
2021-01-27Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (13-Y 0-N 2-A)
2021-01-11Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
2021-01-11Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102805D

Sponsors

Name District
Adam EbbinSD-030
Jennifer BoyskoSD-033
Ghazala HashmiSD-010
Jennifer McClellanSD-009