Guests of trans. lodging facilities impacted by COVID-19 pandemic; suspending self-help evictions. (HB5120)

Introduced By

Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk) with support from co-patrons Del. Josh Cole (D-Stafford), and Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Guests of transient lodging facilities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic; suspending self-help evictions; emergency. Suspends provisions of the Code of Virginia that allow an innkeeper or property owner of a hotel, motel, extended stay facility, vacation residential facility, boardinghouse, or similar transient lodging to evict a guest using self-help methods during the declared public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic and replaces those provisions with a requirement that guests who demonstrate that their stay is a direct or indirect result of the COVID-19 pandemic only be evicted according to the provisions of the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, including the necessity of the filing of an unlawful detainer action in a court of competent jurisdiction and the execution of a writ of eviction issued pursuant to such action. The bill contains an emergency clause. Read the Bill »

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Bill Has Failed


08/24/2020Presented and ordered printed with emergency clause 20200603D
08/24/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
09/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB5120)
11/09/2020Left in General Laws