Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; retaliation by landlord, rebuttable presumption. (HB820)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; retaliation by landlord; rebuttable presumption. Creates a rebuttable presumption that a landlord acted in retaliation against a tenant in violation of the Virginia Landlord and Tenant Act if such retaliation occurs within six months after a tenant has (i) complained to a governmental agency charged with responsibility for enforcement of a building or housing code of a violation applicable to the premises materially affecting health or safety; (ii) made a complaint to or filed a suit against the landlord for a violation of any provision of the Act; (iii) organized or become a member of a tenants' organization; or (iv) testified in a court proceeding against the landlord. The bill provides that after six months, the burden of proving retaliatory intent is on the tenant. Currently, the burden of proof is on the tenant. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/07/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14102192D
01/07/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2014Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/17/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB820)
01/20/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
01/23/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB820)
02/12/2014Left in Courts of Justice