VA Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; material noncompliance by landlord, court escrow account. (HB1251)

Introduced By

Del. Rae Cousins (D-Richmond) with support from co-patrons Del. Nadarius Clark (D-Portsmouth), and Del. Marty Martinez (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; material noncompliance by landlord; rent escrow; relief. Removes the requirement that, prior to the granting of any relief, a tenant shall pay into escrow any amount of rent called for under the rental agreement. The bill requires the tenant, during the pendency of the action, to pay into escrow the amount of rent that becomes due subsequent to the initial court date called for under the rental agreement within five days of the date due under such rental agreement, unless or until such amount is modified by a subsequent order of the court. The bill also provides that a failure of the tenant to make timely payments into escrow shall not be grounds for dismissal of the underlying action but may be considered by the court when issuing an order. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24104723D
01/10/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/18/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1251)
01/26/2024Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
02/01/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
02/06/2024Reported from General Laws with substitute (13-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Committee substitute printed 24106845D-H1
02/08/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1251H1)
02/08/2024Read first time
02/09/2024Read second time
02/09/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106845D-H1
02/09/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1251H1
02/12/2024Read third time and passed House (58-Y 42-N)
02/12/2024VOTE: Passage (58-Y 42-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/21/2024Reported from General Laws and Technology (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2024Read third time
02/26/2024Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1251ER)
02/29/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1251ER)
02/29/2024Signed by Speaker
03/03/2024Signed by President
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
04/05/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto

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