Landlord and tenant law; retaliatory conduct by landlord. (HB1905)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Landlord and tenant law; retaliatory conduct by landlord. Removes the requirement in the Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act that the court determine that the "primary" reason for a landlord taking an action for possession or termination of a rental agreement is retaliation. The tenant continues to have the burden of proving retaliatory intent. The bill also adds in landlord and tenant law a provision prohibiting retaliatory conduct by the landlord. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/13/2015Committee
01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101453D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/20/2015Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
01/21/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
02/04/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1905)
02/04/2015Reported from Courts of Justice (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Read first time
02/09/2015Read second time and engrossed
02/10/2015Read third time and passed House (95-Y 4-N 1-A)
02/10/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 4-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2015Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/16/2015Rereferred from Courts of Justice (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2015Rereferred to General Laws and Technology
02/23/2015Reported from General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Enrolled
03/06/2015Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1905ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/09/2015Impact statement from DPB (HB1905ER)
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/23/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 408 (effective 7/1/15)
03/23/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0408)

Video

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 1 minute.

Comments

Virginia Housing Coalition writes:

The Virginia Housing Coalition supports this bill. Whether retaliation is the "primary" reason for possession or termination of a rental agreement, tenants must be protected from retaliatory behavior by landlords in any form.