HB2203: Uniform Statewide Building Code; notice to residents of code violations.


VIRGINIA ACTS OF ASSEMBLY -- CHAPTER
An Act to direct the Department of Housing and Community Development to consider revision to the Uniform Statewide Building Code, relating to notice to residents of manufactured home parks of building code violations by the park owner.
[H 2203]
Approved

 

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. That the Department of Housing and Community Development shall consider including in the current revision of the Uniform Statewide Building Code a provision designed to ensure that localities provide appropriate notice to residents of manufactured home parks of any Building Code violation by a park owner that jeopardizes the health and safety of those residents and shall report to the General Assembly regarding the status of such efforts no later than November 1, 2017.

2. That an emergency exists and this act is in force from its passage.


HOUSE BILL NO. 2203
AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE
(Proposed by the House Committee on General Laws
on February 2, 2017)
(Patron Prior to Substitute--Delegate Torian)
A BILL to direct the Department of Housing and Community Development to consider revision to the Uniform Statewide Building Code, relating to notice to residents of manufactured home parks of building code violations by the park owner.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. § 1. That the Department of Housing and Community Development shall consider including in the current revision of the Uniform Statewide Building Code a provision designed to ensure that localities provide appropriate notice to residents of manufactured home parks of any Building Code violation by a park owner that jeopardizes the health and safety of those residents and shall report to the General Assembly regarding the status of such efforts no later than November 1, 2017.

2. That an emergency exists and this act is in force from its passage.

HOUSE BILL NO. 2203

Offered January 11, 2017
Prefiled January 11, 2017
A BILL to amend and reenact §§ 55-248.42:1 and 55-248.43 of the Code of Virginia and to amend the Code of Virginia by adding a section numbered 55-248.42:2, relating to the Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act; notice to tenant of building code violation; renewal of lease.
Patron-- Torian

Committee Referral Pending

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That §§ 55-248.42:1 and 55-248.43 of the Code of Virginia are amended and reenacted and that the Code of Virginia is amended by adding a section numbered 55-248.42:2 as follows:

§ 55-248.42:1. Term of rental agreement; renewal; security deposits.

A. A park owner shall offer all current and prospective year-round residents a rental agreement with a rental period of not less than one year. Such offer shall contain the same terms and conditions as are offered with shorter term leases, except that rental discounts may be offered by a park owner to residents who enter into a rental agreement for a period of not less than one year.

B. Upon Except as provided in § 55-248.42:2, upon the expiration of a rental agreement, such agreement shall be automatically renewed for a term of one year with the same terms unless the park operator provides written notice to the tenant of any change in the terms of the agreement at least sixty 60 days prior to the termination date of the rental agreement. In the event of an automatic renewal of a rental agreement involving a year-round resident, the security deposit initially furnished by the tenant shall not be increased by the park owner nor shall an additional security deposit be required.

C. Except as limited by subsection B of this section, the provisions of § 55-248.15:1 shall govern the terms and conditions of security deposits for rental agreements under this chapter.

§ 55-248.42:2. Notice of uncorrected violations; automatic renewal provision not applicable.

A. The landlord shall provide written notification to each year-round resident whose rental agreement is subject to the automatic renewal provision of any violations that have been cited by the locality in which the manufactured home park is located that involves the failure of the landlord to comply with the obligations imposed by subsection A of § 55-248.43 at least 60 days before the termination date of the rental agreement. The notice provided shall include estimated dates of completion of corrective work. If the violation cited by the locality has not been corrected within 30 days of the termination date, the automatic renewal provision of § 55-248.42:1 shall not be applicable.

§ 55-248.43. Landlord's obligations.

A. The landlord shall:

1. Comply with applicable laws governing health, zoning, safety and other matters pertaining to manufactured home parks;

2. Make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the manufactured home park in a fit and habitable condition, including, but not limited to, maintaining in a clean and safe condition all facilities and common areas provided by him for the use of tenants of two or more manufactured home lots;

3. Maintain in good and working order and condition all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and other facilities and appliances supplied or required to be supplied by him;

4. Provide and maintain appropriate receptacles as a manufactured home park facility, except when door to door garbage and waste pickup is available within the manufactured home park for the collection and storage of garbage and other waste incidental to the occupancy of the manufactured home park, and arrange for the removal of same; and

5. Provide reasonable access to electric, water and sewage disposal connections for each manufactured home lot. In the event of a planned disruption by the landlord in electric, water or sewage disposal services, the landlord shall give written notice to tenants no less than forty-eight 48 hours prior to the planned disruption in service.

B. If a landlord is charged with any violation by the locality in which the manufactured home park is located that involves the failure of the landlord to comply with the obligations imposed by subsection A, the landlord shall give written notice to all tenants or any prospective tenant that the landlord has been charged with such violation. If the landlord fails to provide the notice required by this subsection, the tenant shall have the right to terminate the rental agreement upon written notice to the landlord at least five business days prior to the effective date of termination. If the tenant terminates the rental agreement, the landlord shall make disposition of the tenant's security deposit in accordance with law or the provisions of the rental agreement, whichever is applicable.