Landlord and tenant; tenant's remedy by repair, clarifies definition of 'actual costs.' (SB905)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Landlord and tenant; tenant's remedy by repair. Permits a tenant, under certain circumstances, to have a condition that constitutes a material noncompliance by the landlord with the rental agreement or with provisions of law, or that if not promptly corrected will constitute a fire hazard or serious threat to the life, health, or safety of occupants of the premises, remedied by a third-party licensed contractor or a licensed pesticide business. The bill provides that, unless the tenant has been reimbursed by the landlord, the tenant may deduct from rent the actual costs incurred, not to exceed the greater of one month's rent or $1,500, after submitting to the landlord an itemized statement accompanied by receipts for purchased items and third-party contractor or pest control services. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2020Presented and ordered printed 20104774D
01/08/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/28/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB905)
02/05/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107742D-S1
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20107742D-S1
02/10/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB905S1
02/10/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2020Placed on Calendar
02/13/2020Read first time
02/13/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB905S1)
02/14/2020Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
02/18/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/18/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 0-N)
02/27/2020Committee substitute printed 20108421D-H1
02/27/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (13-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2020Read second time
03/03/2020Read third time
03/03/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108421D-H1
03/03/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB905H1
03/03/2020Passed House with substitute (55-Y 41-N)
03/03/2020VOTE: Passage (55-Y 41-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020House substitute rejected by Senate (0-Y 40-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020House insisted on substitute
03/05/2020House requested conference committee
03/05/2020Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
03/05/2020Senators: Stanley, Mason, Kiggans
03/05/2020Conferees appointed by House
03/05/2020Delegates: Aird, Simon, Wampler
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference substitute printed 20109798D-S2
03/07/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Passed by temporarily
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by House (54-Y 38-N)
03/08/2020VOTE: Adoption (54-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
03/16/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB905S2)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB905ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
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
03/26/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB905ER)
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1020 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1020)