Landlord and tenant; statement of tenant rights and responsibilities. (HB393)

Introduced By

Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton) with support from co-patrons Del. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), and Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Landlord and tenant; tenant rights and responsibilities. Requires the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop a statement of tenant rights and responsibilities explaining in plain language the rights and responsibilities of tenants under the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (§ 55.1-1200 et seq.) and maintain such statement on the Department's website along with a form to be signed by the parties to a rental agreement. The bill requires that the statement be provided to any prospective tenant and that the form developed by the Department be signed by the parties to the rental agreement. The bill prohibits a landlord from filing or maintaining an action against a tenant in a court of law for any alleged lease violation until he has provided the tenant with the statement of tenant rights and responsibilities. This bill is identical to SB 707. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/02/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101625D
01/02/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2020Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/23/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB393)
01/30/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 0-N)
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/04/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2020Committee substitute printed 20107130D-H1
02/04/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (18-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/05/2020Assigned App. sub: Commerce Agriculture & Natural Resources
02/05/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Appropriations (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107130D-H1
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB393H1
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (70-Y 27-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (70-Y 27-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB393H1)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/19/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/26/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Committee substitute printed 20109168D-S1
02/27/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Read third time
02/28/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/28/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20109168D-S1
02/28/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB393S1
02/28/2020Passed Senate with substitute (31-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Placed on Calendar
03/02/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20109168D-S1 (0-Y 100-N)
03/02/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 100-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Senate insisted on substitute (38-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2020Senate requested conference committee
03/04/2020House acceded to request
03/04/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/04/2020Delegates: Ward, Simon, Miyares
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2020Senators: McClellan, Hashmi, Kiggans
03/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB393S1)
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (29-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by House (64-Y 35-N)
03/07/2020VOTE: Adoption (64-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB393ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB393ER)
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 985 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0985)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 40 seconds.