Landlord and tenant laws; responsibility of landlord to pay certain costs, etc. (HB735)

Introduced By

Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas)

Progress

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

Description

Landlord and tenant laws. Provides under the landlord and tenant law and the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (VRLTA) that unless a tenant is at fault in cases of mold needing remediation, the landlord is obliged to pay all costs associated with the tenant's temporary relocation as well as the costs of mold remediation. Among other things, the bill (i) provides that, except for applicable lawful householder's exemptions, nothing affects the right of a landlord with respect to an inchoate or perfected lien of a landlord on the personal property of a tenant of any leased or rented commercial or residential premises or the right of such landlord to distress, levy, and seize such personal property as otherwise provided by law; (ii) clarifies that residential provisions under the landlord and tenant law do not apply to dwelling units under the VRLTA; (iii) provides that a landlord's collection agency and a third party providing background screening or credit reporting services to the landlord or his managing agent may have access to tenant records; (iv) allows the landlord to charge a tenant for his records, if the rental agreement so provides; (v) clarifies that a landlord is not obligated to make repairs to address damages identified in the move-in inspection report unless otherwise required to do so under the VRLTA; (vi) requires a tenant to maintain carbon monoxide detectors to the standards established in the Uniform Statewide Building Code; and (vii) provides that if, upon inspection of dwelling unit, the landlord determines that repairs are necessary, the landlord may make such repairs and send the tenant an invoice for payment. If, upon inspection of the dwelling unit, the landlord discovers a violation of the rental agreement, the VRLTA, or other applicable law, the landlord may send a written notice of termination. If a tenant declines to permit the landlord or managing agent to exhibit the dwelling unit for sale or lease, the landlord may recover damages, costs, and reasonable attorney fees against such tenant. The bill contains technical corrections. Amends § 55-225.9, § 55-237.1, § 55-248.11:1, § 55-248.16, § 55-248.18, § 55-248.18:1, § 55-248.18:2, § 55-248.24, § 55-248.3:1, § 55-248.4, § 55-248.5, § 55-248.9, § 55-248.9:1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

04/20/2016: enacted

History

DateAction
01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101099D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/18/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee #1
01/18/2016Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #1
01/21/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB735)
02/09/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/11/2016Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2016Committee substitute printed 16104997D-H1
02/13/2016Read first time
02/15/2016Read second time
02/15/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104997D-H1
02/15/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB735H1
02/16/2016Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/16/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/17/2016Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/29/2016Reported from General Laws and Technology (10-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2016Read third time
03/03/2016Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2016Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (36-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2016Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2016Enrolled
03/07/2016Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB735ER)
03/07/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB735ER)
03/07/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB735H1)
03/07/2016Signed by Speaker
03/09/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/09/2016Signed by President
03/09/2016Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 3/9/2016
03/09/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016
04/04/2016Governor's recommendation received by House
04/20/2016Placed on Calendar
04/20/2016House concurred in Governor's recommendation (100-Y 0-N)
04/20/2016VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N)
04/20/2016Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 0-N)
04/20/2016G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/20/2016Reenrolled
04/20/2016Reenrolled bill text (HB735ER2)
04/20/2016Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/20/2016Signed by President as reenrolled
04/20/2016Enacted, Chapter 744 (effective 7/1/16)
04/20/2016G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0744)

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.

Transcript

This is a transcript of the video clips in which this bill is discussed.

REENACT VARIOUS SECTIONS REPORTING TO LANDLORD AND TENANT LAWS. MR. SPEAKER, I MOVE ADOPTION OF THE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE. THIS IS THE BILL THAT WE DO WITH VIRGINIA LANDLORD ACT AND ALL OF THE REAL PROPERTY WERE IN SUPPORT.
TO SENATE BILL 176. THIS IS TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED BY LEGISLATIVE SERVICES THAT CHANGES THE CROSS-REFERENCE. SHOULD THE GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDATION BE AGREED TO ALL THOSE IN FAVOR RECORD AYE. THOSE OPPOSED NO. HAVE ALL THE SENATORS VOTED? ANY SENATORS DESIRE TO CHANGE THEIR VOTES. THE CLERK WILL CLOSE THE ROLL. AYES 38, NOs 0. THE GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDATIONS ARE AGREED TO. HOUSE BILL 735. SENATOR RUFF. THANK YOU, MR. PRESIDENT. HOUSE BILL 735 MADE SOME CHANGES