Landlord and tenant laws; service of process may be accomplished by a sheriff, etc. (HB1611)

Introduced By

Del. Glenn Oder (R-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Landlord and tenant laws.  Provides that service of process may be accomplished by a sheriff or a private process server, and service may be received and accepted electronically provided sufficient proof of delivery is retained; increases the fee which may be charged from $12 to $25; and allows the sheriff or private process server to charge an additional $10 for electronic service. The bill defines private process server. The bill also provides that (i) localities must have a uniform set of standards as provided in the Statewide Building Code for smoke detectors, and tenants must maintain smoke detectors and (ii) that tenants cannot paint or alter a dwelling unit without the prior written approval of the landlord. The bill removes the 30-day limitation on relocation of a tenant for a nonemergency situation; allows a landlord to take legal action against a relocated tenant for noncompliance during the relocation; and reduces from 45 to 14, the number of days within which the landlord has to give notice of termination to a tenant because of the damage which caused the relocation. The bill also allows, in cases involving a deceased tenant, such tenant's property to disposed of by the landlord if not claimed by the person identified on the lease to be notified in the event of the death of a tenant after the 10-day notice to such person. Currently, such person has 30 days after the 10-day notice to remove the decedent's property before it may be disposed of by the landlord. The bill provides that withholding tax from a Virginia source for a nonresident landlord is not required where the landlord owns no more than four dwelling units. Finally the bill removes the grandfather for rental inspection district created by localities before January 1, 2009. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101897D
01/07/2011Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/2011Assigned GL sub: #1 Housing
01/26/2011Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 1-N)
01/27/2011Reported from General Laws with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2011Committee substitute printed 11104725D-H1
01/31/2011Read first time
02/01/2011Passed by for the day
02/02/2011Read second time
02/02/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104725D-H1
02/02/2011Amendment by Delegate Athey agreed to
02/02/2011Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB1611EH1
02/02/2011Printed as engrossed 11104725D-EH1
02/03/2011Read third time and passed House (94-Y 3-N)
02/03/2011VOTE: PASSAGE (94-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2011Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2011Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/09/2011Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2011Read third time
02/14/2011Passed by for the day
02/15/2011Read third time
02/15/2011Reading of amendments waived
02/15/2011Committee amendments agreed to
02/15/2011Reading of amendment waived
02/15/2011Amendment by Senator Petersen agreed to
02/15/2011Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/15/2011Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2011Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2011Amendment by Senator Petersen reconsidered (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2011Passed by for the day
02/16/2011Read third time
02/16/2011Reading of amendment waived
02/16/2011Passed by for the day
02/17/2011Read third time
02/17/2011Passed by for the day
02/18/2011Read third time
02/18/2011Reading of amendment waived
02/18/2011Amendment by Senator Petersen rejected
02/18/2011Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/18/2011Passed Senate with amendments (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2011Placed on Calendar
02/22/2011Senate amendments agreed to by House (97-Y 0-N)
02/22/2011VOTE: ADOPTION (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2011Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1611ER)
03/03/2011Signed by Speaker
03/04/2011Signed by President
03/26/2011Governor's recommendation received by House
04/05/2011Placed on Calendar
04/06/2011House concurred in Governor's recommendation (100-Y 0-N)
04/06/2011VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/06/2011Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/06/2011G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/06/2011Reenrolled bill text (HB1611ER2)
04/06/2011Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/06/2011Signed by President as reenrolled
04/06/2011Enacted, Chapter 766 (effective - see bill)
04/06/2011G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0766)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 12 minutes.