Va. Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; landlord remedies, noncompliance with rental agreement. (HB1889)

Introduced By

Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News) with support from 24 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Alex Askew (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Lee Carter (D-Manassas), Del. Josh Cole (D-Fredericksburg), Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Chris Hurst (D-Blacksburg), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Sen. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), Sen. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; landlord remedies; noncompliance with rental agreement; payment plan; extend sunset. Extends the sunset date from July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2022, of certain provisions enacted during the 2020 Special Session related to the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. Such provisions (i) changed from five to 14 days the amount of time that a landlord who owns four or fewer rental dwelling units must wait after serving written notice on a tenant notifying the tenant of his nonpayment of rent and of the landlord's intention to terminate the rental agreement if rent is not paid before the landlord may pursue remedies for termination of the rental agreement; (ii) required a landlord who owns more than four rental dwelling units, or more than a 10 percent interest in more than four rental dwelling units, before terminating a rental agreement due to nonpayment of rent, to serve upon such tenant a written notice informing the tenant of the total amount due and owed and offer the tenant a payment plan under which the tenant must pay the total amount due and owed in equal monthly installments over a period of the lesser of six months or the time remaining under the rental agreement; (iii) outlined the remedies a landlord has if a tenant fails to pay the total amount due and owed or enter into a payment arrangement within 14 days of receiving notice or if the tenant enters into a payment arrangement but fails to pay within 14 days of the due date any rent that becomes due under the payment plan or arrangement after such plan or arrangement becomes effective; and (iv) clarified that a tenant is not precluded from participating in any other rent relief programs available to the tenant through a nonprofit organization or under the provisions of a federal, state, or local law, regulation, or action. Read the Bill »


03/31/2021: signed by governor


01/08/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101527D
01/08/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/12/2021Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1889)
01/21/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 1-N)
01/26/2021Reported from General Laws (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Read first time
01/28/2021Read second time and engrossed
01/29/2021Read third time and passed House (54-Y 45-N)
01/29/2021VOTE: Passage (54-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2021Referred 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)
02/17/2021Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (9-Y 3-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Committee substitute printed 21200362D-S1
02/19/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1889S1)
02/19/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (32-Y 0-N)
02/22/2021Read third time
02/22/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/22/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200362D-S1
02/22/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1889S1
02/22/2021Passed Senate with substitute (21-Y 18-N)
02/23/2021Placed on Calendar
02/23/2021Senate substitute agreed to by House 21200362D-S1 (52-Y 43-N)
02/23/2021VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 43-N)
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1889ER)
02/25/2021Signed by President
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1889ER)
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/31/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 492 (effective 7/1/21)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0492)