VA Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, etc.; definitions, notice of tenant screening criteria. (HB996)

Introduced By

Del. Bonita Anthony (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patron Del. Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Housing and Community Development; Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act; notice of tenant screening criteria. Requires landlords governed by the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act or Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act to provide applicants for tenancy with (i) the amount and purpose of fees to be charged to such applicant, (ii) information that will be used to assess such applicant's eligibility for tenancy, and (iii) any criteria that may result in automatic denial of an application. The bill requires such landlords to notify applicants of certain rights protected by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act if the landlord takes an adverse action, as defined in the bill, after reviewing an application. Finally, the bill requires such landlords to refund any funds received in excess of the landlord's actual expenses and damages, after the landlord's rejection of an application or an applicant's failure to rent a unit upon being notified of his eligibility for tenancy. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement provided, this legislation (HB996) is estimated to have no fiscal impact on the Department of Housing and Community Development or other agencies. The department does not have oversight or administrative obligations regarding the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act or the Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act, and any updates required due to legislative changes can be made using current resources.

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03/25/2024: Passed the General Assembly


01/09/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101181D
01/09/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/26/2024Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
01/29/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB996)
02/01/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 3-N)
02/06/2024Reported from General Laws with substitute (10-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Committee substitute printed 24106798D-H1
02/06/2024Incorporates HB1271 (Callsen)
02/08/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB996H1)
02/08/2024Read first time
02/09/2024Read second time
02/09/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24106798D-H1
02/09/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB996H1
02/12/2024Read third time and passed House (52-Y 48-N)
02/12/2024VOTE: Passage (52-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
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 (HB996ER)
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 (0-Y 99-N)
04/17/2024House rejected Governor's recommendation (0-Y 99-N)
04/17/2024VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 99-N)
04/17/2024Communicated to Governor

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