Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; tenant remedies for exclusion from dwelling unit, etc. (HB1900)

Introduced By

Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville) with support from co-patrons Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), and Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; tenant remedies for exclusion from dwelling unit, interruption of services, or actions taken to make premises unsafe. Provides that a general district court shall enter an order upon petition by a tenant that his landlord has (i) removed or excluded the tenant from the dwelling unit unlawfully, (ii) interrupted or caused the interruption of an essential service to the tenant, or (iii) taken action to make the premises unsafe for habitation. The bill allows entry of a preliminary order ex parte to require the landlord to allow the tenant to recover possession of the dwelling unit, resume any such interrupted essential service, or fix any willful actions taken by the landlord or his agent to make the premises unsafe for habitation if there is good cause to do so and the tenant made reasonable efforts to notify the landlord of the hearing. The bill requires that any ex parte order entered shall further indicate a date for a full hearing on the petition that is no later than 10 days from the initial hearing date. Finally, the bill provides that, at a full hearing on such petition, the tenant shall recover actual damages, the greater of $5,000 or four months' rent, and reasonable attorney fees. Read the Bill »


01/14/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the General Laws Committee


01/08/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102519D
01/08/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/12/2021Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/14/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/14/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (6-Y 1-N)

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