Landlord and tenant law; general provisions and Act. (HB857)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Landlord and tenant law. Removes remaining differences between general landlord and tenant provisions and the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act by conforming provisions pertaining to residential dwelling units in the following areas: (i) termination of a nonresidential tenancy by self-help eviction or by filing an unlawful detainer action; (ii) tenant obligations to maintain a dwelling unit; (iii) notice to the tenant in the event of foreclosure; (iv) wrongful failure to supply heat, water, hot water, or essential services; (v) prohibited provisions in the rental agreement; (vi) early termination of a rental agreement by military personnel; and (vii) remedies for the landlord's failure to deliver possession. The bill also makes the following changes to landlord and tenant law: (a) clarifies the lease termination process; (b) provides that if a tenant allows his renter's insurance to lapse, the landlord may provide coverage and require the tenant to pay the premium; (c) establishes protection for landlords who provide tenant information to a federal census official; (d) authorizes a landlord or property manager to appear in court to seek final rent and damages related to a dwelling unit; and (e) clarifies remedies for a tenant's failure to prepare the dwelling unit for insecticide or pesticide applications. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102837D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/22/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB857)
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 18106539D-H1
02/07/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB857H1)
02/08/2018Read first time
02/09/2018Read second time
02/09/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106539D-H1
02/09/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB857H1
02/12/2018Read third time and passed House (97-Y 1-N 1-A)
02/12/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (97-Y 1-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 (15-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 (HB857ER)
02/26/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB857ER)
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 221 (effective 7/1/18)
03/09/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0221)