Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; tenant's remedies, condemnation of dwelling unit. (HB957)

Introduced By

Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington) with support from co-patron Del. Rozia Henson (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; tenant's remedies for exclusion from dwelling unit due to condemnation. Provides that the landlord shall be liable to the tenant for actual damages and reasonable attorney fees if the tenant gave notice to the landlord during the tenancy that his dwelling unit was in violation of an applicable building code, such violation posed a substantial risk to the health, safety, and welfare of a tenant, and such violation resulted in the tenant being excluded from his dwelling unit due to such unit being condemned. The bill includes exceptions to such liability, including negligence by the tenant, an act of God, and termination due to certain fire damage. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101543D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/18/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB957)
01/26/2024Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
02/01/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/08/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/08/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 2-N)
02/08/2024Reported from General Laws with substitute (14-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2024Committee substitute printed 24107522D-H1
02/11/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Passed by temporarily
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107522D-H1
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB957H1
02/13/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB957H1)
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House (69-Y 29-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Passage (69-Y 29-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/28/2024Reported from General Laws and Technology (12-Y 3-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 (HB957ER)
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
04/17/2024House concurred in Governor's recommendation (68-Y 32-N)
04/17/2024VOTE: Adoption (68-Y 32-N)
04/17/2024Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (39-Y 1-N)
04/17/2024G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/17/2024Reenrolled bill text (HB957ER2)
04/17/2024Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/17/2024Signed by President as reenrolled
04/17/2024Enacted, Chapter 825 (effective 7/1/24)

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