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

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
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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 »


01/16/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Finance Committee


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

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