Landlord and tenant; noncompliance with rental agreement, reporting negative credit information. (HB5106)

Introduced By

Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford) with support from 11 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Del. Kelly Fowler (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Don Scott (D-Portsmouth)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Landlord and tenant, noncompliance with rental agreement; prohibition on reporting negative credit information arising from the COVID-19 pandemic; penalty; emergency. Provides that a landlord shall not take any adverse action against a tenant or applicant for tenancy based on any adverse item related to payment history or an eviction for nonpayment of rent that occurred during the period beginning on March 12, 2020, and ending 30 days after the expiration or revocation of any state of emergency declared by the Governor related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill also requires landlords who use consumer or tenant screening reports and who receive notification that a tenant or applicant for tenancy is determined to be anything other than "qualified" to contact the generator of the report in instances in which the report does not specify the reason for such determination to ascertain whether such determination was due solely to the tenant the tenant or applicant for tenancy's payment history or an eviction for nonpayment of rent that occurred during the period beginning on March 12, 2020, and ending 30 days after the expiration or revocation of any state of emergency declared by the Governor related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill permits a tenant or applicant for tenancy to recover damages of up to $1,000, along with attorney fees, from landlords who do not comply with these requirements. Read the Bill »

Status

09/25/2020: Passed the Senate

History

DateAction
08/21/2020Presented and ordered printed with emergency clause 20200742D
08/21/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
08/24/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
08/24/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (11-Y 8-N)
08/24/2020Committee substitute printed 20200990D-H1
08/24/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (12-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
08/26/2020Read first time
08/27/2020Passed by for the day
08/28/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
08/28/2020Read second time
08/28/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20200990D-H1
08/28/2020Amendment by Delegate Simon agreed to
08/28/2020Amendments by Delegate Convirs-Fowler agreed to
08/28/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments HB5106EH1
08/28/2020Printed as engrossed 20200990D-EH1
08/28/2020Emergency clause deleted
09/03/2020Read third time and passed House (54-Y 44-N)
09/03/2020VOTE: Passage Emergency (54-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
09/03/2020VOTE: Passage (54-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
09/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
09/04/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
09/08/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5106EH1)
09/18/2020Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
09/18/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (8-Y 3-N 3-A) (see vote tally)
09/24/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (35-Y 0-N)
09/25/2020Read third time
09/25/2020Reading of amendments waived
09/25/2020Committee amendments #'s 1,2,4,5 agreed to
09/25/2020Committee amendment #3 rejected
09/25/2020Reading of amendment waived
09/25/2020Amendment by Senator Barker agreed to
09/25/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
09/25/2020Passed Senate with amendments (20-Y 16-N)

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