Uniform Statewide Building Code; certain building owners and operators to supply cooling & heating. (HB1475)

Introduced By

Del. Karen Keys-Gamarra (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patrons Del. Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (D-Alexandria), and Del. Vivian Watts (D-Annandale)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Board of Housing and Community Development; Uniform Statewide Building Code; building owners and operators to supply cooling by April 1 and heating by October 1. Directs the Board of Housing and Community Development to evaluate revisions to the Uniform Statewide Building Code to require that owners and operators of certain apartment buildings begin to supply cooling by April 1 and heat by October 1 of each year to maintain certain temperatures. Under the current regulations, such cooling period begins May 15 and such heating period begins October 15. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, it is anticipated that the Department of Housing and Community Development can absorb any costs that may result from this bill as part of its normal workload with regard to administration of the statewide building code. Therefore, there are no specific cost estimates provided in the statement.

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Bill Has Failed


01/19/2024Presented and ordered printed 24105303D
01/19/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/26/2024Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/29/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1475)
02/08/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/08/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 2-N)
02/08/2024Reported from General Laws with substitute (13-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2024Committee substitute printed 24107110D-H1
02/11/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107110D-H1
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1475H1
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House (51-Y 48-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Passage (51-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/26/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1475H1)
02/28/2024Reported from General Laws and Technology (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Passed by for the day
03/05/2024Read third time
03/05/2024Passed Senate (21-Y 19-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1475ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1475ER)
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024G Vetoed by Governor
04/17/2024House sustained Governor's veto


Carly Miller writes:


I wanted to write to express my discontent with the current law requiring landlords to provide heat until May 1, and giving them until May 15 to turn on the AC. This new proposed bill by Del. Karen Keys-Gamarra is a welcome relief to my family and neighbors! I am in huge support of seeing a bill pass that would allow cooling (Air conditioning) starting on April 1, instead of the current May 15.

As a renter in Reston, VA, (Reston resident for 4 years now) I DREAD the month of April and May each year. With our apartment complex being unable to turn on the AC until May 15, we sometimes have an entire month of temperatures above 80 degrees. I work from home so this means, all day and night, I get no relief from the heat for weeks at a time.

It would mean a great deal to me to see HB1475 pass and put into law before the 80 degree days hit us in just a few short months. Thank you kindly for your time and consideration.

Sheila Casey writes:

Legislators should understand that this law does not place any additional requirements on landlords, it only moves up the date when AC is required to be supplied to tenants. Currently, landlords are required to supply heat until May 1, and have until May 15 to turn on the AC.

So, for older apartment buildings that can't supply both heat and AC at the same time, tenants suffer through April and early May without AC.

HB 1475 proposes that heat only be required until March 31, and AC be required starting April 1, which makes much more sense.

I have lived for 20 years on the top floor of a building where AC and heat cannot be supplied at the same time, and April and early May can be brutal, as the indoor temperature is often 15 degrees higher than the outdoor temperature. Some of my neighbors have moved out due to the difficulties of working and sleeping in sweltering heat.

Heat IS available to tenants at this time, but it is rarely needed, as the coldest hours are in middle of the night, when most of us are in bed, and adding another blanket is all that's needed to stay warm.

Please vote "yes" on HB 1475!

Joseph Azar writes:

I strongly support the passage of this bill. I am one of several tenants renting an apartment on the top floor of a old 10-story brick building in Arlington. I am 73, live alone, and work at home.

On warm days during the 2-3 weeks before the A/C is turned on, the temperature inside our units builds up quickly, often topping 90 degrees. We must keep our windows open day and night and have fans running at all times. Further, because the pollen count is so high, it creates a very unhealthy environment for those of us who suffer from allergies. This has happened repeatedly over the course of my 29-year tenancy here.

I applaud Del. Karen Keys-Gamarra for introducing this bill and hope it will be approved. It addresses a serious health issue; it should not be voted on along party lines.

Joseph Azar writes:

PS. May I suggest, for the same reasons above, that the October 15 date NOT be changed to October 1? In fact, I would ask that it be extended to November 1, as there are often unseasonably warm days well into late October.

Thank you.

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