Landlord and tenant laws; landlord and tenant obligations. (HB407)

Introduced By

Del. Glenn Oder (R-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Landlord and tenant laws; landlord and tenant obligations.  Clarifies that the judgment rate of interest includes any and all amounts covered by the judgment. The bill, among other things, also (i) requires the executive secretary of the Supreme Court to permit electronic interface with case management systems and for the general district courts to allow private vendors to electronically file civil actions on forms developed by the executive secretary; (ii) provides that the homestead exemption does not apply to a money judgment for nonpayment of rent for which a writ of garnishment is issued, and which does not request a writ of fieri facias or levy on the real or personal property of the debtor; (iii) revises the ratio utility billing system for landlords and tenants and states that the use of a ratio utility billing system is not within the jurisdiction of the State Corporation Commission; (iv) allows certain persons to prepare, execute, file, and have served on other parties, in any proceeding in a general district court, a warrant in debt, warrant in detinue, distress warrant, summons for unlawful detainer, suggestion for summons in garnishment, garnishment summons, writ of possession, writ of fieri facias, interpleader, and civil appeal notice without the intervention of any attorney; (v) adds a definition of "commencement date of the rental agreement" and effective date of same to the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act; (vi) revises the definition of "security deposit" under the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act; (vii) revises the damage and renters insurance coverage provisions of the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act; (viii) allows tenant records to be disclosed to a local commissioner of the revenue, under certain circumstances, and to the commanding officer, military housing officer, or military attorney of the tenant; (ix) allows the landlord to withhold a portion of the security deposit until final settlement of utility bills; and (x) changes the times that trigger the payment of interest by the landlord on a security deposit. The bill also contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103799D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2010Assigned GL sub: #1 Housing
02/10/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
02/11/2010Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2010Committee substitute printed 10105270D-H1
02/14/2010Read first time
02/15/2010Read second time
02/15/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10105270D-H1
02/15/2010Amendment by Delegate Oder agreed to
02/15/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB407EH1
02/15/2010Printed as engrossed 10105270D-EH1
02/16/2010Read third time and passed House (97-Y 0-N)
02/16/2010VOTE: --- PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
03/03/2010Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010Read third time
03/08/2010Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/13/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB407ER)
03/13/2010Signed by Speaker
03/15/2010Signed by President
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 550 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0550)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 35 seconds.