Real Estate Board; authority to hear fair housing violations by real estate licensees. (HB1480)

Introduced By

Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Real Estate Board; authority to hear fair housing violations by real estate licensees. Clarifies that in any case in which there are multiple respondents and one of the respondents is a real estate licensee, the case involving the real estate licensee and the respondent who is not a real estate licensee shall be heard by the Real Estate Board and not the Fair Housing Board. The bill also provides that in no event shall the jurisdiction be split between the Real Estate Board and the Fair Housing Board on the same such case. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/02/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13101780D
01/02/2013Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1480)
01/18/2013Assigned GL sub: #1 Housing
01/23/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
01/24/2013Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2013Committee substitute printed 13104240D-H1
01/28/2013Read first time
01/29/2013Read second time
01/29/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104240D-H1
01/29/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1480H1
01/30/2013Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
01/30/2013VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1480H1)
01/31/2013Constitutional reading dispensed
01/31/2013Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/11/2013Reported from General Laws and Technology (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Read third time
02/14/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2013Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1480ER)
02/20/2013Signed by Speaker
02/20/2013Signed by President
02/21/2013Impact statement from DPB (HB1480ER)
03/12/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 190 (effective 7/1/13)
03/12/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0190)


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 1 minute.


Va Housing Coalition, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

HB 1480 is a fair housing bill that the Coalition initially opposed. The bill contained broad language that raised concerns for us. Since then, we have been collaborating with REALTORS and others to find language that reinforces the consensus opinion that real estate licensees and their employees should have their fair housing cases heard before the real estate board but that also preserves the integrity of Virginia’s Fair Housing Law. We understand that the intent of the bill was to clarify current law not to shift policy. Our concern was with potential unintended consequences. We are very appreciative of the Patron of HB 1480, Delegate Peter Farrell, and industry groups involved who have spent time and energy working with us on this important issue. With revisions moving in the right direction, we expect to support the bill as it proceeds through the General Assembly this session.