Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices. (HB6)

Introduced By

Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) with support from 6 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices; source of funds. Adds discrimination on the basis of a person's source of funds to the list of unlawful discriminatory housing practices. The bill creates an exemption for an owner or owner's managing agent, provided that such owner does not own more than four rental dwelling units or more than a 10 percent interest in more than four rental dwelling units in the Commonwealth at the time of the alleged discriminatory housing practice. The bill allows an owner or owner's managing agent to deny or limit a person's rental or occupancy of a rental dwelling unit based on the person's source of funds for that unit if such source is not approved within 15 days of the person's submission of the request for tenancy approval. The bill defines "source of funds" as any source that lawfully provides funds to or on behalf of a renter or buyer of housing, including any assistance, benefit, or subsidy program, whether such program is administered by a governmental or nongovernmental entity. This bill incorporates HB 357. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100177D
11/18/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB6)
01/15/2020Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/27/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB6)
01/30/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 2-N)
02/04/2020Committee substitute printed 20107395D-H1
02/04/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2020Incorporates HB357 (Lopez)
02/05/2020Read first time
02/06/2020Read second time
02/06/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107395D-H1
02/06/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB6H1
02/07/2020Pending question ordered
02/07/2020Read third time and passed House (61-Y 37-N)
02/07/2020VOTE: Passage (61-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB6H1)
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/19/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/26/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (13-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/27/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2020Passed by for the day
03/02/2020Read third time
03/02/2020Committee amendment rejected
03/02/2020Reading of amendment waived
03/02/2020Amendment by Senator McCLellan agreed to
03/02/2020Passed by for the day
03/03/2020Read third time
03/03/2020Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/03/2020Passed Senate with amendments (25-Y 15-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Placed on Calendar
03/04/2020Senate amendments agreed to by House (57-Y 38-N)
03/04/2020VOTE: Adoption (57-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB6ER)
03/07/2020Signed by President
03/08/2020Signed by Speaker
03/09/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB6ER)
03/12/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 12, 2020
03/12/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
03/27/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 477 (effective 7/1/20)
03/27/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0477)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 5 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB357.