Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; technical amendments. (HB1734)

Introduced By

Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. Provides that where there is more than one tenant subject to a rental agreement, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by each of the tenants, disposition of the security deposit shall be joint and several, with one check being payable to all such tenants and sent to the forwarding address provided by the tenants. If the tenants do not provide the landlord a forwarding address to enable the landlord to make a refund of the security deposit, upon the expiration of one year from the date of the end of the 45-day statutory period, the balance of the tenants' security deposit shall escheat to the Commonwealth and shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Virginia Housing Partnership Revolving Fund. Upon payment to the Commonwealth, the landlord shall have no further liability to the tenant relative to the security deposit and is deemed in compliance with real estate licensing laws and corresponding regulations of the Real Estate Board. Among other things, the bill also (i) allows a landlord to proceed to obtain possession of the premises when rent is unpaid within five days after the landlord's pay or quit notice due to a failure of electronic payment or a bad faith stop order on an electronic payment by the tenant; (ii) removes the requirement that the rental agreement must first require a tenant to give notice of an anticipated extended absence before the landlord may recover actual damages from the tenant; and (iii) specifies notice of termination in periodic tenancies. The bill contains technical amendments. Amends § 55-243, § 55-246.1, § 55-248.15:1, § 55-248.15:2, § 55-248.31, § 55-248.34:1, § 55-248.37, § 55-248.38:1, § 55-248.38:2, § 55-248.4, § 55-248.6:1, § 55-248.7, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 01/08/2013 Committee
  • 01/08/2013 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103362D
  • 01/08/2013 Referred to Committee on General Laws
  • 01/16/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1734)
  • 01/18/2013 Assigned GL sub: #1 Housing
  • 01/23/2013 Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
  • 01/24/2013 Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/24/2013 Committee substitute printed 13104417D-H1
  • 01/28/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1734H1)
  • 01/28/2013 Read first time
  • 01/29/2013 Read second time
  • 01/29/2013 Committee substitute agreed to 13104417D-H1
  • 01/29/2013 Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1734H1
  • 01/30/2013 Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
  • 01/30/2013 VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/31/2013 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 01/31/2013 Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
  • 02/11/2013 Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/11/2013 Committee substitute printed 13105066D-S1
  • 02/13/2013 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/14/2013 Read third time
  • 02/14/2013 Reading of substitute waived
  • 02/14/2013 Committee substitute agreed to 13105066D-S1
  • 02/14/2013 Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1734S1
  • 02/14/2013 Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/15/2013 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/18/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1734S1)
  • 02/18/2013 Senate substitute agreed to by House 13105066D-S1 (99-Y 0-N)
  • 02/18/2013 VOTE: ADOPTION (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/21/2013 Enrolled
  • 02/21/2013 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1734ER)
  • 02/21/2013 Signed by Speaker
  • 02/22/2013 Impact statement from DPB (HB1734ER)
  • 02/22/2013 Signed by President
  • 03/20/2013 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 563 (effective 7/1/13)
  • 03/20/2013 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0563)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.