Landlord and tenant laws; early termination of rental agreements by victims of family abuse, etc. (SB1004)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Sen. Dick Black (R-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Landlord and tenant law; early termination of rental agreements by victims of family abuse or sexual assault. Provides that a tenant who is a victim of (i) family abuse, (ii) sexual abuse, or (iii) criminal sexual assault may terminate a rental agreement under certain circumstances. The bill details the instance under which termination may be sought and the process that must be followed by the tenant to effect the termination. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103378D
01/08/2013Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/28/2013Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2013Committee substitute printed 13104321D-S1
01/30/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2013Read second time
01/31/2013Reading of substitute waived
01/31/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13104321D-S1
01/31/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1004S1
02/01/2013Bills placed in block (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2013Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Placed on Calendar
02/06/2013Read first time
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/06/2013Assigned GL sub: #1 Housing
02/13/2013Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/14/2013Reported from General Laws with substitute (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2013Committee substitute printed 13105155D-H1
02/18/2013Read second time
02/19/2013Passed by for the day
02/20/2013Read third time
02/20/2013Committee substitute agreed to 13105155D-H1
02/20/2013Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB1004H1
02/20/2013Passed House with substitute (88-Y 11-N)
02/20/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (88-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013House substitute agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2013Title replaced 13105155D-H1
02/23/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1004ER)
02/23/2013Signed by President
02/23/2013Signed by Speaker
03/18/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 531 (effective 7/1/13)
03/18/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0531)


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 6 minutes.


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

The VHC supports this bill that allows a victim of abuse to terminate a lease if they provide appropriate evidence and documentation supporting their need to relocate.