Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; tenant's noncompliance, death of tenant. (HB638)

Introduced By

Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; tenant's noncompliance; death of tenant. Provides that the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act may also be cited as the "Virginia Rental Housing Provider Act." The bill requires a tenant to provide prompt written notice to the landlord of any rent paid into the court escrow account in an action for possession. The bill also allows a landlord to recover the following if the rental agreement so provides: (i) rent due and owing as contracted for in the rental agreement, (ii) other charges and fees as contracted for in the rental agreement, (iii) late charges contracted for in the rental agreement, (iv) reasonable attorney fees as contracted for in the rental agreement or as provided by law, (v) costs of the proceeding as provided by law only if court action has been filed, and (vi) damages to the dwelling unit or premises, or additional rent, regardless of whether or not a lawsuit is filed or an order obtained from a court. The bill also requires, in an action for possession, the court to award a money judgment to the landlord if the landlord prevails and specifies what is to be awarded by the court, unless in any such action, the tenant proves by a preponderance of the evidence that the tenant's failure to pay rent or vacate was reasonable. The bill also provides that in the event of the death of a tenant, the rental agreement is deemed to be terminated as of the date of death and provides that the estate of the tenant remains liable for actual damages. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101962D
01/07/2014Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/10/2014Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #1
01/28/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 0-N)
01/30/2014Reported from General Laws with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2014Committee substitute printed 14104550D-H1
02/03/2014Read first time
02/04/2014Read second time
02/04/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104550D-H1
02/04/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB638H1
02/05/2014Read third time and passed House (92-Y 0-N 3-A)
02/05/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (92-Y 0-N 3-A) (see vote tally)
02/06/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/06/2014Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/24/2014Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)
02/26/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
02/27/2014Read third time
02/27/2014Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
03/04/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB638ER)
03/04/2014Signed by Speaker
03/07/2014Signed by President
04/06/2014Governor's recommendation received by House
04/22/2014Placed on Calendar
04/23/2014House rejected Governor's recommendation (0-Y 96-N)
04/23/2014VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 96-N)
04/23/2014Communicated to Governor
05/23/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 813 (effective 7/1/14)
05/23/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0813)


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 3 minutes.