Va. Residential Landlord & Tenant Act; affordable housing, criminal record screening policy. (HB1207)

Introduced By

Del. Cliff Hayes (D-Chesapeake) with support from co-patron Del. Irene Shin (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Housing and Community Development; Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; affordable housing; criminal record screening model policy. Requires the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development (the Department) to develop a criminal record screening model policy for admitting or denying an applicant for affordable housing covered under the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act in accordance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's guidance on the application of the Fair Housing Act and maintain such model policy on its website. The bill prohibits a landlord of an affordable housing unit from inquiring about or requiring disclosure of, or if such information is received, basing an adverse action, in whole or in part, on an applicant's criminal or arrest record unless the landlord does so in accordance with the criminal record screening model policy developed by the Department and posted on its website and provides the applicant with a written copy of such policy. The bill directs the Department to convene a stakeholder group to provide input into the development of the criminal record screening model policy. This bill is identical to SB 588. Read the Bill »


The Department of Housing and Community Development anticipates an expenditure impact as a result of HB1207. The costs associated with this legislation include an estimated $10,500 for in-person meetings for a work group consisting of 12 stakeholders. Additionally, existing DHCD staff will provide administrative support to the work group and assist with the preparation and distribution of the final disclosure statement. This fiscal impact statement does not provide a specific total cost associated with the legislation, but it outlines the anticipated expenditures related to implementing the requirements of the bill.

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Bill Has Failed


01/10/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24102160D
01/10/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/22/2024Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/26/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1207)
01/26/2024Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
02/01/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (6-Y 2-N)
02/06/2024Reported from General Laws with amendment(s) (10-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2024Read first time
02/09/2024Read second time
02/09/2024Committee amendments agreed to
02/09/2024Engrossed by House as amended HB1207E
02/09/2024Printed as engrossed 24102160D-E
02/12/2024Read third time and passed House (51-Y 48-N)
02/12/2024VOTE: Passage (51-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/21/2024Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/21/2024Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1207E)
02/26/2024Read third time
02/26/2024Reading of amendments waived
02/26/2024Committee amendments agreed to
02/26/2024Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/26/2024Passed Senate with amendments (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Senate amendments agreed to by House (51-Y 48-N)
02/28/2024VOTE: Adoption (51-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1207ER)
03/05/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1207ER)
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB588.

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