Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; access to dwelling unit during certain emergencies. (HB1981)

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), and Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; access to dwelling unit during certain declared states of emergency. Provides that a tenant shall be deemed to have reasonable justification for declining to permit a landlord or managing agent to exhibit the tenant's dwelling unit for sale or lease if the tenant has reasonable concern for his own health, or the health of any authorized occupant, during a state of emergency declared by the Governor in response to a communicable disease of public health threat and the tenant has provided written notice to the landlord informing the landlord of such concern. The bill requires the tenant in such circumstances to provide to the landlord or managing agent a video tour of the dwelling unit or other acceptable substitute for exhibiting the dwelling unit for sale or lease. The bill also provides that during a state of emergency declared by the Governor in response to a communicable disease of public health threat a tenant may provide written notice to the landlord requesting that one or more nonemergency property conditions in the dwelling unit not be addressed in the normal course of business of the landlord due to such communicable disease of public health threat. The bill provides that in such case the tenant shall be deemed to have waived any and all claims and rights under the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act against the landlord for failure to address such nonemergency property conditions. Lastly, the bill provides that in the case of a tenant who has provided notice that he does not want nonemergency repairs made during the state of emergency due to a communicable disease of public health threat, the landlord may nonetheless enter the dwelling unit, provided that the employees and agents sent by the landlord are wearing all appropriate and reasonable personal protective equipment as required by state law, (i) to do nonemergency repairs and maintenance with at least seven days' written notice to the tenant and at a time consented to by the tenant, no more than once every six months, and (ii) if the landlord is required to conduct maintenance or an inspection pursuant to the agreement for the loan or insurance policy that covers the dwelling units. Read the Bill »

Status

04/12/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the General Laws Committee

History

DateAction
01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed with emergency clause; offered 01/13/21 21102398D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/2021Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1981)
01/21/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
01/26/2021Reported from General Laws (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Read first time
01/28/2021Passed by for the day
01/29/2021Read second time
01/29/2021Amendments by Delegate Simon agreed to
01/29/2021Emergency clause deleted
01/29/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB1981E
01/29/2021Printed as engrossed 21102398D-E
02/01/2021Read third time and passed House (55-Y 45-N)
02/01/2021VOTE: Passage (55-Y 45-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/04/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1981E)
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 amendments (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 amendments waived
02/15/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/15/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/15/2021Passed Senate with amendments (27-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Placed on Calendar
02/17/2021Senate amendments agreed to by House (55-Y 44-N)
02/17/2021VOTE: Adoption (55-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Reconsideration of Senate amendments agreed to by House
02/17/2021VOTE: Adoption #2 (55-Y 44-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Enrolled
02/22/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1981ER)
02/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1981ER)
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
03/30/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 409 (effective 7/1/21)
03/30/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0409)

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