Short-term rentals; local ordinances regulating rentals in Cities of Lexington and Virginia Beach. (HB824)

Introduced By

Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Regulation of short-term rentals in the City of Lexington and the City of Virginia Beach. Requires the City of Lexington to comply with various statutory provisions related to the short-term rental of property. The bill mandates a deadline of September 30, 2018, for the City of Lexington to amend its existing ordinance. The bill also mandates that any short-term rental located in the Sandbridge Special Service District in the City of Virginia Beach shall be a principal use subject to the City's regulations applicable to short-term rentals. Whether a short-term rental located in any other area of the City of Virginia Beach is a permitted use is determined by the provisions of the City's zoning ordinance. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102104D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/11/2018Impact statement from DHCD (HB824)
01/24/2018Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
02/08/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/08/2018Reported from General Laws with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Committee substitute printed 18106883D-H1
02/10/2018Read first time
02/12/2018Read second time
02/12/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106883D-H1
02/12/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB824H1
02/13/2018Read third time and passed House (95-Y 5-N)
02/13/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (95-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/26/2018Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2018Committee substitute printed 18107671D-S1
02/28/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2018Read third time
03/01/2018Reading of substitute waived
03/01/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107671D-S1
03/01/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB824S1
03/01/2018Passed Senate with substitute (38-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Placed on Calendar
03/05/2018Senate substitute rejected by House 18107671D-S1 (0-Y 99-N)
03/05/2018VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Senate requested conference committee
03/07/2018House acceded to request
03/07/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/07/2018Delegates: Knight, Stolle, Lindsey
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: DeSteph, Wagner, Deeds
03/08/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by House (90-Y 3-N)
03/09/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (90-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
03/20/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB824ER)
03/20/2018Signed by Speaker
03/22/2018Signed by President
03/26/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 26, 2018
03/26/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/04/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 758 (effective 7/1/18)
04/04/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0758)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 3 minutes.


Gail MacLeod writes:

Query: Why is a delegate from Chester the patron for a bill that exclusively targets Lexington? And the delegate representing Lexington isn’t on the subcommittee, how is this reasonable?

It reeks of special interest ie realtor dictums . If this was a proud moment in district representation, Del Cline would be leading the charge. Instead it’s coming in through the back door perhaps so Cline can walk a tightrope, but realtors still get the influence/results they paid for. At this point Cline is silent on the matter.

Got to wonder, what’s in it for Knight? Will we next see Cline or similar out of area delegate target Chester with legislation? Will Knight’s speech at the next private luncheon with realtors begin with attaboys because he took care of them as promised?

Step away from the non-credible explanation that the bill is needed because Lexington’s ordinance does not comply with state law. If Legislation were needed to fix local “non-compliance” with state laws, they would have to meet 24 hours a day. Attorneys, courts and enforcement actions fix non-compliance.

Karen Degenhardt writes:

Re your first paragraph: why is a delegate from Chester/Lexington allowing an add-on to this bill for the City of Virginia Beach? What does Bill DeSteff want to hide? See very bottom of most recent bill version.