Landlord and tenant law; notice requirements, landlord's acceptance of rent with reservation. (HB855)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville) with support from co-patron Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Landlord and tenant law; notice requirements; landlord's acceptance of rent with reservation. Changes the landlord and tenant law notice requirements for landlords to accept full or partial rent while continuing to proceed with a court action to obtain an order of possession and subsequent eviction by creating a single notice and removing the requirement for second notice for the time period between entry of an order of possession and prior to eviction. The bill provides that the landlord may accept full or partial payment of rent and still receive an order of possession and proceed with eviction if the landlord states in the written notice to the tenant that any payment of rent, damages, money judgment, award of attorney fees, and court costs would be accepted with reservation and not constitute a waiver of the landlord's right to evict the tenant from the dwelling unit. The bill also provides that if a dwelling unit is a public housing unit or other housing unit subject to regulation by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, written notice of acceptance of rent with reservation need not be given to any public agency paying a portion of the rent under the rental agreement. This bill is identical to SB 197. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102117D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/16/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB855)
01/24/2018Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
02/01/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 0-N)
02/06/2018Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2018Committee substitute printed 18106220D-H1
02/08/2018Read first time
02/08/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB855H1)
02/09/2018Read second time
02/09/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106220D-H1
02/09/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB855H1
02/12/2018Read third time and passed House (96-Y 3-N 1-A)
02/12/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (96-Y 3-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/13/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/19/2018Reported from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2018Read third time
02/22/2018Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB855ER)
02/26/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB855ER)
02/26/2018Signed by Speaker
02/28/2018Signed by President
03/02/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 2, 2018
03/02/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 9, 2018
03/09/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 220 (effective 7/1/18)
03/09/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0220)