Property owners' associations & unit owners' associations; rulemaking authority concerning smoking. (HB1842)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna) with support from co-patrons Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), and Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Property Owners' Association Act; Condominium Act; rulemaking authority of property owners' associations and unit owners' associations; smoking. Permits (i) except to the extent that the declaration provides otherwise, the board of directors of a property owners' association to establish reasonable rules that restrict smoking in the development, including (a) rules that prohibit smoking in the common areas and, (b) for developments that include attached private dwelling units, rules that prohibit smoking within such dwelling units, and (ii) except to the extent that the condominium instruments provide otherwise, the executive board of a condominium unit owners' association to establish reasonable rules that restrict smoking in the condominium, including rules that prohibit smoking in the common elements and within units. The bill clarifies the authority of executive boards of condominium unit owners' associations to establish, adopt, and enforce rules and regulations with respect to the use of the common elements of the condominium and with respect to such other areas of responsibility assigned to the unit owners' association by the condominium instruments, except where expressly reserved by the condominium instruments to the unit owners. The bill also permits unit owners, by a majority of votes cast at a meeting of the unit owners' association, to repeal or amend any rule or regulation adopted by the executive board. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Commission. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


01/07/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102397D
01/07/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/12/2021Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/14/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (6-Y 1-N)
01/14/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/14/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1842)
01/14/2021Reported from General Laws with amendment (19-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2021Read first time
01/18/2021Read second time
01/18/2021Committee amendment agreed to
01/18/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB1842E
01/18/2021Printed as engrossed 21102397D-E
01/19/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1842E)
01/19/2021Read third time and passed House (72-Y 27-N)
01/19/2021VOTE: Passage (72-Y 27-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/20/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2021Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Read third time
02/15/2021Reading of amendment waived
02/15/2021Committee amendment agreed to
02/15/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/15/2021Passed Senate with amendment (27-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Placed on Calendar
02/17/2021Senate amendment agreed to by House (66-Y 32-N)
02/17/2021VOTE: Adoption (66-Y 32-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Reconsideration of Senate amendment agreed to by House
02/17/2021Senate amendment agreed to by House (68-Y 31-N)
02/17/2021VOTE: Adoption #2 (68-Y 31-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1842ER)
02/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1842ER)
02/22/2021Signed by President
02/24/2021Signed by Speaker
02/25/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 25, 2021
02/25/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 131 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0131)