Administration of blighted and derelict properties; modifies definition of 'qualifying locality.' (HB1969)

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), and Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Administration of blighted and derelict properties in certain localities. Modifies the definition of "qualifying locality" to include any locality with a score of 100 or higher on the fiscal stress index, as published by the Department of Housing and Community Development in July 2020. Under current law, a qualifying locality is one with a score of 107 or higher on the fiscal stress index, as published by the Department using revised data for 2017. Qualifying localities are able to (i) classify blighted and derelict properties as a separate class of taxable property and assess such property at a higher rate and (ii) sell delinquent tax lands six months after the locality has incurred abatement costs for buildings that have been condemned, constitute a nuisance, are a derelict building, or are declared to be blighted. The bill adds qualifying localities to the list of localities that have different requirements for having a special commissioner appointed to convey tax-delinquent real estate to the locality in lieu of a public sale at auction. Read the Bill »


03/30/2021: signed by governor


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102356D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Finance
01/16/2021Assigned Finance sub: Subcommittee #1
01/25/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 1-N)
01/26/2021Impact statement from TAX (HB1969)
01/27/2021Reported from Finance (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Read first time
01/29/2021Read second time and engrossed
02/01/2021Read third time and passed House (65-Y 35-N)
02/01/2021VOTE: Passage (65-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Passed Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1969ER)
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
02/25/2021Impact statement from TAX (HB1969ER)
03/30/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 408 (effective 7/1/21)
03/30/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0408)

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