Va. Residential Landlord & Tenant Act; temporary applicability to certain occupants of hotels, etc. (HB5119)

Introduced By

Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk) with support from co-patrons Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon)

Progress

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

Description

Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; temporary applicability to certain occupants of hotels, motels, extended stay facilities, or boardinghouses. Provides that, from the effective date of the bill until 90 days after the expiration or revocation of all states of emergency declared by the Governor related to the COVID-19 pandemic, (i) a person who lacks permanent shelter and who is an occupant of a hotel, motel, extended stay facility, or boardinghouse and who uses such lodging as his primary residence for at least seven consecutive days and (ii) the innkeeper or property owner of such lodging, or his agent, shall be subject to the provisions of the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act as tenant and landlord. The bill also provides that if a person lacking permanent shelter pays in advance for at least seven consecutive days of stay in such lodging, or if a third party pays for such lodging on his behalf, the provisions of the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act shall apply to the innkeeper or property owner as soon as payment is made. Read the Bill »

Status

08/31/2020: Awaiting a Vote in the General Laws Committee

History

DateAction
08/24/2020Committee
08/24/2020Presented and ordered printed 20200939D
08/24/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
08/31/2020Committee
09/08/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5119)

Comments

Ken Thompson writes:

Is state going to compensate these small businesses which operates hotels/motels? Those motel owners are already suffering from the lack of business activities due to Covid. How are they going to survive if state mandates everyone to allow to stay for free for 90 days? Are we going to socialism?

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