Unlawful detainer; bifurcation of case. (HB740)

Introduced By

Del. Rae Cousins (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Marty Martinez (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unlawful detainer; bifurcation of case; contested rent and damages. Provides that, at an initial hearing on an unlawful detainer, if the defendant contests the amount of rent and damages alleged to be due and owing to the plaintiff, the court shall not bifurcate the unlawful detainer case. Under current law, at the initial hearing, upon request of the plaintiff, the court is required to bifurcate the unlawful detainer case and set a continuance date no later than 120 days from the date of the initial hearing to determine final rent and damages. Read the Bill »


03/25/2024: Passed the General Assembly


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100727D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/23/2024Assigned Courts sub: Civil
02/02/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 0-N)
02/07/2024Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2024Committee substitute printed 24107031D-H1
02/09/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107031D-H1
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB740H1
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House (86-Y 12-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Passage (86-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/28/2024Reported from Courts of Justice (10-Y 5-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 (22-Y 18-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB740ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
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
04/08/2024Governor's recommendation received by House
04/17/2024VOTE: Adoption (1-Y 99-N)
04/17/2024House rejected Governor's recommendation (1-Y 99-N)
04/17/2024VOTE: REJECTED (1-Y 99-N)
04/17/2024Communicated to Governor

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