Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; landlord charges for security deposits. (HB2249)

Introduced By

Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond) with support from 18 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond), Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake), Del. Dan Helmer (D-Fairfax Station), Del. Sally Hudson (D-Charlottesville), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun), Del. Ibraheem Samirah (D-Herndon), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Rodney Willett (D-Henrico), Sen. Lashrecse D. Aird (D-Petersburg), Sen. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; landlord charges for security deposits, insurance premiums for damage insurance, and insurance premiums for renter's insurance; filing of information regarding resident agent appointed by nonresident property owner. Prohibits a landlord from requiring a tenant to pay a security deposit, insurance premiums for damage insurance, and insurance premiums for renter's insurance prior to the commencement of the tenancy that exceed the amount of two months' periodic rent. The bill permits a landlord, however, to add a monthly amount as additional rent to recover additional costs of such renter's insurance premiums. Finally, the bill requires nonresident property owners to file the name and office address of the agent appointed by such nonresident property owner in the office of the clerk of the State Corporation Commission. Under current law, such information must be filed in the office of the clerk of the court in which deeds are recorded in the county or city in which the property lies. Read the Bill »


03/30/2021: signed by governor


01/13/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21102708D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/2021Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/21/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/21/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 1-N)
01/26/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Reported from General Laws with substitute (13-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2021Committee substitute printed 21103524D-H1
01/27/2021Read first time
01/28/2021Passed by for the day
02/01/2021Passed by for the day
02/02/2021Read second time
02/02/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103524D-H1
02/02/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB2249H1
02/03/2021Read third time and passed House (56-Y 43-N)
02/03/2021VOTE: Passage (56-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2021Referred 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)
02/10/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2021Committee substitute printed 21200050D-S1
02/10/2021Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (10-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Read third time
02/15/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/15/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200050D-S1
02/15/2021Passed by for the day
02/15/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2249S1)
02/16/2021Read third time
02/16/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB2249S1
02/16/2021Passed Senate with substitute (26-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Placed on Calendar
02/18/2021Senate substitute agreed to by House 21200050D-S1 ( 55-Y 43-N)
02/18/2021VOTE: Adoption (55-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2249ER)
02/22/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2249ER)
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 427 (effective 7/1/21)
03/30/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0427)