Unlawful detainer; initial hearings on a summons, etc. (HB1811)

Introduced By

Del. Manoli Loupassi (R-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Initial hearings on a summons for unlawful detainer; plaintiff's possession of property at initial return date; immediate issuance of writs of possession in certain case judgments; written notice of satisfaction rendered in a court not of record. Provides that, if an initial hearing on a summons for unlawful detainer cannot be held within 21 days from filing, it may not be held later than 30 days from such filing. The bill requires the court to award a money judgment for any amounts contracted for in a rental agreement on the date of the hearing. The bill allows a plaintiff to continue an unlawful entry and detainer case for up to 120 days from the return date to establish final rent and damages, regardless of whether a judgment for possession is entered or writ for possession issued on the return date. The bill further clarifies types of judgments for which a writ of possession may be immediately executed. The bill also removes certain requirements for a written notice of satisfaction of judgment rendered in a court not of record. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17103708D
01/09/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/16/2017Assigned Courts sub: Civil Law
01/25/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (10-Y 0-N)
01/27/2017Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2017Committee substitute printed 17104719D-H1
01/31/2017Read first time
02/01/2017Read second time
02/01/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17104719D-H1
02/01/2017Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1811H1
02/02/2017Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
02/02/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2017Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/15/2017Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017Read third time
02/20/2017Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1811ER)
02/23/2017Signed by Speaker
02/24/2017Signed by President
02/28/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/28/17
02/28/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/13/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 481 (effective 7/1/17)
03/13/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0481)