Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; landlord obligations, tenant safety. (HB160)

Introduced By

Del. Candi King (D-Woodbridge) with support from 8 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Michelle Maldonado (D-Manassas), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Ken Plum (D-Reston), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Del. Don Scott (D-Portsmouth), Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; landlord obligations; tenant safety. Requires a landlord who owns more than four rental dwelling units, or more than a 10 percent interest in more than four rental dwelling units, to require all employees and applicants for employment to submit to fingerprinting and provide personal descriptive information to be forwarded along with the employee's or applicant's fingerprints through the Central Criminal Records Exchange and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the purpose of obtaining criminal history record information regarding such employee or applicant. The bill allows a landlord to disqualify from employment any person who has been convicted of or found guilty of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a violent crime committed in any jurisdiction. The bill also provides that a landlord must (i) establish written policies and procedure for the storage and management of, access to, and return of all keys for each rental dwelling unit; (ii) regulate the secure storage of and access to unissued keys; and (iii) maintain a written log for the issuance and return of all keys. Finally, pursuant to the bill, all relevant landlords must submit certain information on a quarterly basis to the Department of Housing and Community Development to prove compliance with the provisions outlined in the bill. Read the Bill »


01/18/2022: Awaiting a Vote in the General Laws Committee


01/09/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100946D
01/09/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/18/2022Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2

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