Rent stabilization, local; any locality may by ordinance adopt provisions. (HB596)

Introduced By

Del. Nadarius Clark (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patrons Del. Michelle Maldonado (D-Manassas), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), and Irene Shin (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Local rent stabilization authority. Provides that any locality may by ordinance adopt rent stabilization provisions. The bill provides that no such ordinance shall be adopted until the proposed ordinance has been posted on the locality's website and advertised in a newspaper of general circulation in the locality at least two weeks prior to a public hearing on such ordinance. All landlords who are under rent stabilization may be required to give up to a two-month written notice of a rent increase and cannot increase the rent by more than the locality's rent stabilization allowance, the maximum amount a landlord can increase a tenant's rent during any 12-month period, in effect at the time of the increase, and the bill requires the locality to annually publish this allowance on its website. The allowance is equal to the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index for the region in which the locality sits and is effective for a 12-month period beginning July 1. The bill provides that no such ordinance shall apply to the following: 1. Any unit in a licensed facility, the primary purpose of which is the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, and treatment of illnesses; 2. Any unit in a facility owned or leased by an organization exempt from federal income taxes pursuant to § 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, the primary purpose of which is to provide temporary sanctuary or shelter for qualified clients, provided that the organization has notified the clients residing in the facility of the temporary nature of their housing at the inception of their residence; 3. Any owner-occupied group house; 4. Religious facilities, such as churches, synagogues, parsonages, rectories, convents, and parish homes; 5. Transient facilities, such as motels, tourist homes, and bed and breakfast facilities; 6. School dormitories; 7. Licensed assisted living facilities and nursing homes; or 8. Single-family residences. The bill states that such ordinance shall provide a procedure by which a landlord may apply for an exemption from the rent stabilization provisions in situations where the net operating income generated by the rental facility has not been maintained due to escalating operating expenses or for other appropriate reasons as established by the locality. The locality may establish a civil penalty for failure to comply with the requirements set out in the ordinance that shall not exceed $2,500 per separate violation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22101801D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/24/2022Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
01/24/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB596)
01/27/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (9-Y 0-N)
01/27/2022Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on General Laws
01/28/2022Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (20-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/03/2022Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
02/10/2022Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (7-Y 0-N)
02/15/2022Left in General Laws