Landlord and tenant laws; notice to terminate tenancy. (HB1451)

Introduced By

Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Landlord and tenant laws. Provides that in cases of a change in use, the 120-day termination notice shall not be waived, except in the case of a tenancy from month to month, which may be terminated by the landlord by giving the tenant 30 days' written notice prior to the next rent due date of the landlord's intention to terminate the tenancy. The bill, among other things, (i) allows an owner, manager, or operator of a commercial or residential building or campground to include water, sewer, electrical, natural gas, or other utilities in the amount of rent or additional rent as specified in the rental agreement or lease; (ii) prohibits a landlord from photocopying a U.S. government-issued identification under certain circumstances; (iii) allows a landlord to offer a tenant a rental agreement that includes payment of prepaid rent by the tenant if the tenant does not otherwise meet the financial qualifications to be a tenant for the dwelling unit; and (iv) allows a landlord or managing agent to enter into an agreement with a third-party service provider to maintain tenant records in electronic form or other medium. In such case, the landlord and managing agent shall not be liable in the event of a breach of the electronic data of such third-party service provider, except in the case of gross negligence or intentional act. The bill also provides that nothing shall be construed to require a landlord or managing agent to indemnify such third-party service provider. The bill also provides that the landlord and tenant may enter into a written waiver of certain rights of a service member as accordance with 517 of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. Such written waiver may include (i) a requirement that the rent be paid by allotment in accordance with 531 (d) of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, (ii) a waiver of the 90-day stay in accordance with 531 (b) of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, or (iii) a requirement that the tenant service member comply with the early termination of the rental agreement provisions of the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/30/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101186D
12/30/2014Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2015Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #1
01/20/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
01/22/2015Reported from General Laws with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/22/2015Committee substitute printed 15104013D-H1
01/26/2015Read first time
01/27/2015Read second time
01/27/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104013D-H1
01/27/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1451H1
01/28/2015Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
01/28/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/16/2015Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2015Read third time
02/19/2015Reading of amendment waived
02/19/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/19/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/19/2015Passed Senate with amendment (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Placed on Calendar
02/23/2015Senate amendment agreed to by House (96-Y 0-N)
02/23/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1451ER)
02/26/2015Signed by Speaker
02/26/2015Signed by President
02/27/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/27/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/27/15
02/27/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/26/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 596 (effective 7/1/15)
03/26/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0596)


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 55 seconds.