Housing Bills, 2020 Legislative Session

Bills CommitteeLast actionDate
HB 3 - McQuinn - Va. Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices, sexual orientation and gender, etc. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Incorporated by General Laws (HB1663-Sickles)01/28/20
notes: Adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful housing practice. The bill defines "sexual orientation" and "gender identity."
HB 6 - Bourne - Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology02/10/20
notes: Adds discrimination on the basis of a person's source of income to the list of unlawful discriminatory housing practices. The bill defines "source of income" as any source that lawfully provides funds to or on behalf of a renter or buyer of housing, including any assistance, benefit, or subsidy program, whether such program is administered by a governmental or nongovernmental entity.
HB 7 - Bourne - Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology02/05/20
notes: Prohibits any locality, its employees, or its appointed commissions from discriminating (i) in the application of local land use ordinances or guidelines, or in the permitting of housing developments, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap or (ii) in the permitting of housing developments because the housing development contains or is expected to contain affordable housing units occupied or intended for occupancy by families or individuals with incomes at or below 80 percent of the median income of the area where the housing development is located or is proposed to be located. The bill also requires the Fair Housing Board, after determining the existence of an unlawful discriminatory housing practice and after consultation with the Attorney General, to immediately refer the matter to the Attorney General for civil action.
HB 23 - Lindsey - Public employment and housing; prohibited discrimination, sexual orientation or gender identity. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Incorporated by General Laws (HB1663-Sickles)01/28/20
notes: Prohibits discrimination in public employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The bill also codifies for state and local government employment the current prohibitions on discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a veteran. Additionally, the bill adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful housing practice. The bill defines sexual orientation and gender identity.
HB 24 - Lindsey - Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction and Bond Rating Protection Act of 2020; established, report. (H) Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources(H) Left in Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources02/11/20
notes: Establishes the Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction and Bond Rating Protection Act of 2020, which establishes the Commonwealth of Virginia as a nonfederal sponsor of hurricane and flooding risk reduction projects. There is also established the Virginia Hurricane and Flood Risk Reduction Authority (the Authority) and a board of directors (the Board) of the Authority. The Board shall exercise for the Governor executive authority over all phases of hurricane and flood risk reduction programs, including investigations, construction, operations, and maintenance. The Authority shall be established to fulfill the directives of the Board. The Authority shall be hosted by a department of the Commonwealth as designated by the Governor. That department shall provide support to the Authority, including budgeting, work facilities, administrative management, logistics, human resources, legal, contracts, and information resources. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) shall consult with Louisiana's Legislative Fiscal Office to assess the increased state and local tax flows in Louisiana that resulted from post-Katrina federal spending, including spending for civil works storm and flooding risk reduction projects. The bill requires JLARC to report to the General Assembly no later than November 1, 2020, on the results of its initial assessment.
HB 73 - Kory - Virginia Housing Development Authority; power to make loans, etc. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Continued to 2021 in General Laws02/06/20
notes: Permits the Virginia Housing Development Authority (HDA) to make mortgage loans, including federally insured mortgage loans, to finance the purchase or refinancing of single-family residential housing and to make payments on the homeowner's student loan debt, upon the terms and conditions set forth in the bill. The bill also gives the HDA authority to promulgate additional terms and conditions related to such loans. The bill includes technical changes.
HB 99 - Rasoul - Va. Fair Housing Law; status as a victim of family abuse, etc. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology02/12/20
notes: Adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's status as a victim of family abuse as an unlawful housing practice.
HB 106 - Cole, M.L. - Numbering on buildings; civil penalty. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns

(S) Committee on Local Government
(S) Signed by President02/17/20
notes: Provides that an ordinance that requires buildings to have visible numbering may include provisions for a civil penalty not to exceed $100 for a violation that has not been corrected within 15 days of notice of such violation. Civil penalties assessed under this provision shall be paid into the treasury of the locality where the violation occurred.
HB 329 - Levine - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; notice of termination to contain legal services. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/11/20
notes: Provides that no notice of termination of tenancy served upon any residential tenant is effective unless it contains on its first page, in type no smaller or less legible than that otherwise used in the body of the notice, the name, address, and telephone number of the legal services program, if any, serving the jurisdiction in which the premises is located. Under current law, this requirement is only applicable to a public housing authority organized under the Housing Authorities Law. The bill also requires that such information be provided in English and Spanish.
HB 334 - Krizek - Manufactured home parks; sale of park to developer, relocation expenses. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology02/10/20
notes: Provides that if the termination of a rental agreement is due to the sale of the manufactured home park by the landlord to a developer, the landlord shall be responsible for disposing of or otherwise removing a mobile home from the property in the event that the manufactured home owner is unable to sell or move the home within the required 180-day notice period.
HB 357 - Lopez - Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Incorporated by General Laws (HB6-Bourne)02/04/20
notes: Adds discrimination on the basis of a person's source of income to the list of unlawful discriminatory housing practices. The bill defines "source of income" as any source that lawfully provides funds to or on behalf of a renter or buyer of housing, including any assistance, benefit, or subsidy program, whether such program is administered by a governmental or nongovernmental entity.
HB 393 - Ward - Landlord and tenant; statement of tenant rights and responsibilities. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology02/11/20
notes: Requires that the Director of Housing and Community Development develop a Tenant Bill of Rights explaining in plain language the rights and responsibilities of tenants under the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act and maintain such statement on the Department's website. The Director must also develop and maintain on the Department's website a form to be signed by the parties to a written rental agreement acknowledging that the tenant has been advised to review the Tenant Bill of Rights. A landlord must furnish to a prospective tenant, at the time of furnishing an unsigned copy of the proposed written rental agreement, the form containing the Tenant Bill of Rights for signature by the parties to the rental agreement. The landlord is required to provide a copy of the signed Tenant Bill of Rights form to the tenant.
HB 396 - Kory - Redevelopment and housing authority; increases compensation of commissioners. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology02/12/20
notes: Increases from $150 to $500 per month the maximum compensation that may be paid to a redevelopment and housing authority commissioner.
HB 518 - Bulova - Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act; residential building energy analysis. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Passed Senate (25-Y 15-N)02/17/20
notes: Adds obtaining a residential building energy analysis to the disclosure statement furnished by the owner of residential real property that the buyer beware and exercise necessary due diligence with respect to determining the condition of real property or any improvements thereon. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Commission.
HB 519 - Bulova - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; certain notices of termination. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N)02/17/20
notes: Provides that no notice of termination of tenancy served upon a tenant by a private landlord receiving tenant-based rental assistance through the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program or through any other federal, state, or local program is effective unless it provides the name, address, and telephone number of the legal aid program, if any, serving the jurisdiction in which the premises is located.
HB 537 - Carr - Real estate tax; exemption for property in redevelopment or conservation areas. (H) Committee on Finance

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(S) Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations01/29/20
notes: Increases the maximum duration of a local real estate tax exemption for structures in redevelopment or conservation areas or rehabilitation districts from 15 to 30 years.
HB 545 - Carr - Inclusionary housing; zoning. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns(H) Stricken from House calendar01/08/20
notes: Requires cities and towns in the Commonwealth to develop and promulgate housing plans that address the supply of safe, sanitary, and affordable shelter for all current and anticipated residents of their communities. Such plans must connect economic development efforts that bring new jobs to the supply of safe, sanitary, and affordable shelter for all who will fill those jobs; the location of housing and the location of mobility resources; and the availability of accredited high-quality affordable education, parks, indoor and outdoor recreation, libraries, health care, and healthy living resources, including the availability of fresh food. Such housing plans shall be reviewed and revised no less frequently than every five years. Cities and towns that promulgate a housing plan may create, implement, and enforce inclusionary housing programs applicable to new housing development and conversions of previously nonresidential uses into residential uses. Counties utilizing the urban county executive form of government (Fairfax County) or the county manager plan of government (Arlington County) may also follow and use these provisions to provide inclusionary housing.
HB 590 - Guzman - Eligible housing areas; tax credit for participating landlords, expands definition. (H) Committee on Finance

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(S) Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations01/22/20
notes: Expands the definition of "eligible housing area" for the housing choice voucher tax credit to include Virginia census tracts in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metropolitan Statistical Area in which less than 10 percent of the population lives below the poverty level. Landlords who rent qualified housing units within such areas are eligible for an income tax credit. Current law only applies to such areas within the Richmond and Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
HB 722 - Reid - Virginia Freedom of Information Act; exclusions, proprietary records and trade secrets. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)02/17/20
notes: Excludes from mandatory disclosure financial and proprietary records submitted with a loan application to a locality for the preservation or construction of affordable housing that is related to a competitive application to be submitted to either the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA), when the release of such records would adversely affect the bargaining or competitive position of the applicant. The bill also provides that such financial and proprietary records shall not be withheld after they have been made public by HUD or VHDA.
HB 755 - Aird - Real property taxes; definitions, blighted and derelict properties in certain localities. (H) Committee on Finance

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(S) Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations02/11/20
notes: Provides that, in the City of Petersburg, blighted properties and derelict structures shall constitute a separate class of property for local taxation of real property. The City of Petersburg may, by ordinance, levy a tax on blighted properties and derelict structures at a rate that exceeds the general real property tax rate by five and 10 percent, respectively. Any tax levied pursuant to such an ordinance shall be imposed upon a determination by the real estate assessor that a property constitutes a blighted property or derelict structure. The bill also provides that, in the City of Petersburg, delinquent tax lands may be sold six months after the locality has incurred abatement costs for buildings that have been condemned, constitute a nuisance, are a derelict building, or are declared to be blighted. The bill contains technical amendments.
HB 756 - Aird - Va. Residential Landlord & Tenant Act; tenants participation in Eviction Diversion Pilot Program. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Stricken from docket by General Laws (22-Y 0-N)01/28/20
notes: Allows a tenant who has exercised his right of redemption prior to July 1, 2020, to participate in the Eviction Diversion Pilot Program. The bill repeals a 2019 enactment clause excluding such tenants from participation.
HB 765 - Orrock - Zoning; affordable housing, residential district classification. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Continued to 2021 in General Laws02/06/20
notes: Provides that a locality, within the residential district classifications of its zoning ordinance, may include districts specifically designated for affordable housing.
HB 790 - Simon - Homestead exemption; bankruptcy exemptions. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on the Judiciary
(S) Committee substitute printed 20108364D-S102/17/20
notes: Makes various changes to homestead exemptions, including providing that the official schedule of property claimed exempt filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court in a bankruptcy proceeding constitutes a sufficient writing to exempt such real and personal property from creditor process. The bill also provides that a householder may hold exempt from creditor process real or personal property that the householder or his dependent uses as a principal residence not exceeding $25,000 in value. The bill requires that the dollar amounts of the homestead exemption shall be adjusted triennially based on the United States Average Consumer Price Index.
HB 794 - Askew - Flood Insurance Fund; established, low-income Virginians. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Continued to 2021 in Appropriations02/05/20
notes: Creates a Flood Insurance Fund and directs the Executive Director of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Resources Authority to establish a program to use the Fund to subsidize the purchase of flood insurance by low-income Virginians. Such program shall include an application process, application guidelines, and a ranking system that prioritizes the use of the Fund to support the purchase of flood insurance in the most flood-prone areas.
HB 810 - Bourne - Virginia housing opportunity tax credit program; VHDA, et al., to develop. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology01/28/20
notes: Directs the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Virginia Housing Development Authority to convene a stakeholder advisory group to develop draft legislation establishing a Virginia housing opportunity tax credit program for the purpose of providing incentives for the utilization of private equity in the development and construction of affordable housing in the Commonwealth and regulations for implementing such program. The stakeholder advisory group shall also conduct financial modeling to determine the fiscal impact to the Commonwealth of various levels of funding for a Virginia housing opportunity tax credit. The stakeholder advisory group shall determine the most effective and efficient way to administer the program in conjunction with the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program. The stakeholder advisory group shall report its recommendations to the Governor, the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the commissioners of the Virginia Housing Development Authority by September 1, 2020.
HB 854 - Murphy - Affordable housing; VHDA, et al., to study ways to develop. (H) Committee on Rules

(S) Committee on Rules
(S) Referred to Committee on Rules02/12/20
notes: Directs the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Virginia Housing and Development Authority to convene a stakeholder advisory group to (i) determine the quantity and quality of affordable housing across the Commonwealth, (ii) conduct a review of current programs and policies to determine the effectiveness of current housing policy efforts, (iii) develop an informed projection of future housing needs in the Commonwealth and determine the order of priority of those needs, and (iv) make recommendations for the improvement of housing policy in the Commonwealth.
HB 857 - Cole, J.G. - Segregated accommodations & segregation districts for residences; repeals certain Acts of Assembly. (H) Committee on Rules

(S) Committee on Rules
(S) Referred to Committee on Rules02/07/20
notes: Repeals Acts of Assembly that implemented (i) separate accommodations for white and African American passengers on steamboats and (ii) designation of segregation districts for residence.
HB 858 - Convirs-Fowler - Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act, etc.; required disclosures. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/11/20
notes: Requires the owner of residential real property who has actual knowledge that the property is located in one or more special flood hazard areas to provide a disclosure that states such information to a potential purchaser. The owner of any residential real property upon which a stormwater management facility is located is required to provide to a prospective purchaser a written disclosure that includes specifications, requirements, and a schedule of audits of such facility. Such disclosures are to be made on forms provided by the Real Estate Board on its website. The bill also requires the landlord of a dwelling unit that has actual knowledge that the dwelling unit is on property that is located in a special flood hazard area to provide to a prospective tenant a written disclosure that states such information prior to the execution by the tenant of a written lease agreement or, in the case of an oral lease agreement, prior to occupancy by the tenant. Any tenant who is not provided the required disclosure may terminate the lease agreement at any time within 60 days of discovery that the property is located in a special flood hazard area. The bill adds to the required disclosures for the buyer to beware that the owner makes no representation with respect to the condition or regulatory status of any impounding structure or dam on the property or under the ownership of the common interest community that the owner of the property is required to join, and purchasers are advised to exercise due diligence in determining such information.
HB 921 - Jones - Housing authorities; notice of intent to demolish or liquidate housing projects. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology02/12/20
notes: Requires that any housing authority required to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to demolish or liquidate a housing project serve a notice of intent to demolish or liquidate such housing project, containing specified information, at least 12 months prior to any application submission date to (i) the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, (ii) the clerk of the city or county in which the housing project is located, (iii) any agency that would be responsible for administering tenant-based rental assistance to persons who would otherwise be displaced from the housing project, and (iv) each tenant residing in the housing project. The bill requires the authority to also serve such notice on any prospective tenant who is offered a rental agreement subsequent to the initial notice. During the 12-month period subsequent to the initial notice of intent to demolish or liquidate, the housing authority is prohibited from (a) increasing rent for any tenant above the amount authorized by any federal assistance program applicable to the housing project; (b) changing the terms of the rental agreement for any tenant, except as permitted under the existing rental agreement; or (c) evicting a tenant or demanding possession of any dwelling unit in the housing project, except for a lease violation or violation of law that threatens the health and safety of the building residents.
HB 1014 - Herring - Income tax, state; housing choice vouchers, eligible housing areas. (H) Committee on Finance(H) Incorporated by Finance (HB590-Guzman)01/15/20
notes: Expands the definition of "eligible housing area" for purposes of the housing choice voucher tax credit to include the City of Alexandria. Landlords who rent qualified housing units within such areas are eligible for an income tax credit. Current law only applies to certain areas within the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Metropolitan Statistical Area.
HB 1101 - Carr - Affordable housing; certain localities allowed to adopt dwelling unit ordinances. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns

(S) Committee on Local Government
(S) Reported from Local Government (11-Y 3-N)02/17/20
notes: llows certain localities to adopt affordable dwelling unit ordinances. The governing body of any locality, other than localities to which certain current affordable housing provisions apply, may by amendment to the zoning ordinances of such locality provide for an affordable housing dwelling unit program. Such program shall address housing needs, promote a full range of housing choices, and encourage the construction and continued existence of housing affordable to low-and-moderate-income citizens by providing for increases in density to the applicant in exchange for the applicant voluntarily electing to provide such affordable housing. Any local ordinance may authorize the governing body to (i) establish qualifying jurisdiction-wide affordable dwelling unit sales prices based on local market conditions, (ii) establish jurisdiction-wide affordable dwelling unit qualifying income guidelines, and (iii) offer incentives other than density increases, such as reductions or waiver of permit, development, and infrastructure fees, as the governing body deems appropriate to encourage the provision of affordable housing.

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HB 1104 - Hudson - Inclusionary housing; localities may create, etc., programs. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Stricken from docket by General Laws (22-Y 0-N)02/04/20
notes: Provides that localities may create, implement, and enforce inclusionary housing programs applicable to new housing development and to conversions of previously non-residential uses into residential uses. A locality establishing an inclusionary housing ordinance shall define the term "affordable" according to the needs of the residents of that locality and shall ensure that the program is consistent with the locality's comprehensive plan and any other local or regional housing plans applicable to the locality. The program shall further one or more of several specified goals and may offer a variety of incentives, such as density bonuses and financial incentives. In developing and adopting such housing programs, the locality shall create an advisory committee and actively seek input from citizens, developers of residential and mixed-use property, real estate professionals, historic preservation professionals, redevelopment and housing professionals, anti-poverty advocates, planners, urban design professionals, and finance professionals. To the greatest extent possible, adopted programs should rely on market-based approaches to providing and maintaining inclusionary dwelling units.
HB 1105 - Hudson - Affordable housing; adds City of Charlottesville to list of localities with authority to provide. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns

(S) Committee on Local Government
(S) Referred to Committee on Local Government02/07/20
notes: Adds the City of Charlottesville to the list of localities with authority to provide for an affordable housing dwelling unit program.
HB 1156 - Lopez - Historic rehabilitation; increases tax credit. (H) Committee on Finance(H) Left in Finance02/11/20
notes: Increases from $5 million to $10 million the maximum amount of the historic rehabilitation tax credit, including amounts carried over from prior taxable years, which may be claimed by a taxpayer in any taxable year.
HB 1161 - Lopez - Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act; required disclosures, lead pipe. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology02/10/20
notes: Requires the owner of a residential dwelling who has actual knowledge of the existence of lead pipe in such dwelling unit to provide to a prospective purchaser a written disclosure that the property has lead pipe. Such disclosure shall be provided to the purchaser on a form provided by the Real Estate Board on its website. The bill also requires any landlord of a dwelling unit who has actual knowledge of the existence of lead pipe in such dwelling unit to disclose that information to a prospective tenant. Any tenant who is not provided with such disclosure may terminate the lease agreement at any time within 60 days of discovery of the existence of lead pipe by providing written notice to the landlord. The bill defines "lead pipe" as any pipe or pipe or plumbing fixture, solder, or flux that does not meet the federal Safe Drinking Water Act definition of "lead free."
HB 1163 - Lopez - Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act; right to rent manufactured home upon eviction. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Incorporated by General Laws (HB1249-Torian)02/04/20
notes: Allows a tenant who has been evicted from a manufactured home park to rent the manufactured home. Current law allows such tenant to sell the home or remove the home from the manufactured home park.
HB 1195 - Lopez - Va. Residential Landlord & Tenant Act; notice of termination to contain legal services information. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/11/20
notes: Provides that no notice of termination of tenancy served upon any residential tenant is effective unless it contains on its first page, in type no smaller or less legible than that otherwise used in the body of the notice, the name, address, and telephone number of the legal services program, if any, serving the jurisdiction in which the premises is located. The same requirement is currently only applicable to a public housing authority organized under the Housing Authorities Law.
HB 1249 - Torian - Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act; manufactured home park, termination due to sale of park, notice. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology02/10/20
notes: Provides that where the sale of a manufactured home park is due to rehabilitation or a change in the use of all or any part of a manufactured home park by the landlord, an association, as defined in the bill, may make a bona fide written offer to purchase the manufactured home park at any time within the requisite 180-day termination notice period. The bill also provides that where negotiations between a landlord and an association based on a bona fide written offer for the purchase of the manufactured home park continue past the 180-day termination notice period, the effective termination date shall be extended to 30 days beyond the date on which negotiations conclude.
HB 1266 - Hodges - Septic system inspectors; requirements to perform a septic system inspection. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Education and Health
(S) Rereferred to Education and Health02/17/20
notes: Authorizes any individual who holds a valid alternative onsite sewage system operator, alternative onsite sewage system installer, or onsite soil evaluator license pursuant to Chapter 23 (Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators) of Title 54.1 to perform a septic system inspection in connection with any real estate transaction, including refinancings.
HB 1267 - Hodges - Land bank entities; planning district commissions. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns

(S) Committee on Local Government
(S) Reported from Local Government (14-Y 0-N)02/17/20
notes: Permits localities to designate planning district commissions as a land bank entity. Currently, localities may create an authority or designate certain existing nonprofit organizations as a land bank entity.
HB 1333 - Keam - Landlord and tenant, damage insurance; landlord may permit in lieu of security deposit. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology02/07/20
notes: Requires that a landlord permit a tenant to provide damage insurance coverage meeting certain criteria in lieu of the payment of a security deposit. The bill also caps the total amount of any combination of security deposit and rental insurance coverage required by the landlord to twice the amount of the periodic rent payment.
HB 1341 - Leftwich - Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Law; applicability. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)02/17/20
notes: Sets out a section from Chapter 37 of the Acts of Assembly of 1986 establishing the applicability of the Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Law ( 36-85.2 et seq.). The bill also removes an obsolete provision relating to the purpose of the chapter and makes technical changes. The bill is a recommendation of the Code Commission.
HB 1342 - Askew - Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act; required disclosures, lead pipe. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Passed Senate (37-Y 2-N 1-A)02/17/20
notes: Requires the owner of a residential dwelling who has actual knowledge of the existence of lead pipe in such dwelling unit to provide to a prospective purchaser a written disclosure that the property has lead pipe. Such disclosure shall be provided to the purchaser on a form provided by the Real Estate Board on its website. The bill also requires any landlord of a dwelling unit who has actual knowledge of the existence of lead pipe in such dwelling unit to disclose that information to a prospective tenant. Any tenant who is not provided with such disclosure may terminate the lease agreement at any time within 60 days of discovery of the existence of lead pipe by providing written notice to the landlord. The bill defines "lead pipe" as any pipe or pipe or plumbing fixture, solder, or flux that does not meet the federal Safe Drinking Water Act definition of "lead free."
HB 1369 - Leftwich - Land bank entities; conflict of interests. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns

(S) Committee on Local Government
(S) Reported from Local Government (14-Y 0-N)02/17/20
notes: Replaces an existing conflict of interests standard for members of the board and employees of a land bank entity with a reference to the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act.
HB 1401 - Askew - Landlord and tenant; remedy for unlawful ouster, ex parte issuance of order to recover possession. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)02/17/20
notes: Provides that, upon receipt of a petition for an order to recover possession alleging a tenant's unlawful ouster from the rental premises and a finding that the petitioner has attempted to provide the landlord with actual notice of the hearing on the petition, the judge of the general district court may issue such order ex parte upon a finding of good cause to do so.
HB 1420 - Bourne - Landlord and tenant; charge for late payment of rent, restrictions. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology02/10/20
notes: Provides that any charge for late payment of rent may not exceed five percent of the amount due.
HB 1483 - Bagby - Percentage of Income Payment Program; created. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Left in Appropriations02/11/20
notes: Creates the Percentage of Income Payment Program (PIPP), which caps the monthly electric utility payment of low-income participants at six percent, or, if the participant's home uses electric heat, 10 percent, of the participant's household income. The bill sets forth eligibility criteria for participation in PIPP, establishes the PIPP Fund to pay electric utility providers the balance of low-income participants' accounts and to fund energy efficiency and weatherization initiatives, and provides directives to the Department of Housing and Community Development regarding the administration of PIPP. The bill repeals the energy assistance and weatherization pilot program operated by all Phase I and II Utilities for low income, elderly, and disabled individuals.
HB 1520 - McQuinn - Real property tax; homestead tax relief. (H) Committee on Finance(H) Left in Finance02/11/20
notes: Permits a taxpayer to defer up to 95 percent of taxes on his homestead, defined in the bill, if the amount of real property tax on his homestead has increased by at least 25 percent since the date of purchase. The amount deferred must be paid upon transfer of the property or the owner's death.
HB 1548 - Simon - Common interest communities; termination of condominium, respective interests of unit owners. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology02/10/20
notes: Changes the respective interests of condominium unit owners upon the termination of a condominium from the fair market value of each owner's unit to the respective share of the proceeds of sale paid to each unit owner, which shall equal the percentage of the common element interests of each unit owner.
HB 1655 - Orrock - Landowners; sale of certain property by locality. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns

(S) Committee on Local Government
(S) Reported from Local Government with amendment (15-Y 0-N)02/17/20
notes: Provides that, in any instance in which a parcel of real estate is (i) located within an undeveloped common area in a subdivision, (ii) located in a subdivision with a homeowners' association that has been previously dissolved, and (iii) tax delinquent, a locality may choose to offer for sale such tax delinquent property in whole or in part to adjacent property owners prior to any public auction of the tax delinquent property. The locality may waive any liens associated with the property in order to facilitate the sale and may further waive payment of any past taxes, penalties, and interest with regard to any new owner.
HB 1669 - Collins - Landlord and tenant; charge for late payment of rent, restrictions. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Incorporated by General Laws (HB1420-Bourne)02/04/20
notes: Provides that a landlord may not charge a tenant for late payment of rent unless such charge is provided for in the written rental agreement and that no such late charge shall exceed the lesser of 10 percent of the periodic rent or 10 percent of the remaining balance due. The bill contains technical amendments.
HB 1685 - Knight - Short-term rentals; no locality shall require a person to register, etc. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns(H) Left in Counties, Cities and Towns02/11/20
notes: Provides that no locality shall require a person to register a short-term rental pursuant to the locality's land use and zoning authority if the person meets certain criteria set out in the bill.
HJ 2 - Bourne - Constitutional amendment; real property tax exemption for affordable housing (first reference). (H) Committee on Rules(H) Continued to 2021 in Rules01/31/20
notes: Provides that the General Assembly may authorize a locality to fully or partially exempt affordable housing, as such term may be defined by statute, from real property taxation.
HJ 31 - Lopez - Commonwealth-wide housing needs; Department of Housing and Community Development to study. (H) Committee on Rules(H) Left in Rules02/11/20
notes: Directs the Department of Housing and Community Development to (i) determine the quantity and quality of affordable housing across the Commonwealth, (ii) conduct a review of current programs and policies to determine the effectiveness of current housing policy efforts, (iii) develop an informed projection of future housing needs in the Commonwealth and determine the order of priority of those needs, and (iv) make recommendations for the improvement of housing policy in the Commonwealth.
HJ 67 - Orrock - Affordable housing; Virginia Housing Commission to study the definition. (H) Committee on Rules(H) Left in Rules02/11/20
notes: Directs the Virginia Housing Commission (the Commission) to study the definition of affordable housing. In conducting the study, the Commission shall examine the current usage of "affordable housing" in the Commonwealth and among its political subdivisions and the meaning or criteria associated with the phrase. The Commission shall make any recommendations regarding uniformity or statewide standards as appropriate.
SB 28 - Petersen - Eminent domain; eliminates specific provisions for assessment of costs in certain proceedings. (H) Committee for Courts of Justice

(S) Committee on the Judiciary
(H) Assigned Courts sub: Civil02/14/20
notes: Eliminates specific provisions for the assessment of costs in eminent domain proceedings where the condemnor is a public service company, public service corporation, railroad, or government utility corporation and provides that all costs shall be assessed in the same manner, regardless of the identity of the condemnor.
SB 31 - Petersen - Eminent domain; costs for petition for distribution of funds, interest rate. (S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations(S) Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)02/11/20
notes: Provides that the costs of filing a petition with the court for the distribution of the funds due pursuant to an eminent domain proceeding shall be taxed against the condemnor. The bill also provides that the interest rate on the funds represented by a certificate of deposit from the date of filing of the certificate until the funds are paid into the court shall not be less than the judgment rate of interest. Finally, the bill reorganizes for clarity the provisions governing what happens upon recordation of a certificate by the Commissioner of Highways in a condemnation proceeding.
SB 97 - McClellan - Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices, effective clause. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(H) Referred to Committee on General Laws02/14/20
notes: Provides that it is an unlawful discriminatory housing practice for any political jurisdiction or its employees or appointed commissions to discriminate in the application of local land use ordinances or guidelines, or in the permitting of housing developments, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, handicap, or because the housing development contains or is expected to contain affordable housing units occupied or intended for occupancy by families or individuals with incomes at or below 80 percent of the median income of the area where the housing development is located or is proposed to be located. The bill also requires the Fair Housing Board, after consultation with the Attorney General and instead of issuing a charge for a violation, to immediately refer the matter to the Attorney General for civil action in the appropriate circuit court for appropriate relief. The bill contains technical amendments.
SB 115 - Favola - Va. Residential Landlord & Tenant Act; notice of termination to contain legal services information. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(H) Read second time02/17/20
notes: Provides that no notice of termination of tenancy served upon any residential tenant is effective unless it contains on its first page, in type no smaller or less legible than that otherwise used in the body of the notice, the name, address, and telephone number of the legal services program, if any, serving the jurisdiction in which the premises is located. The same requirement is currently only applicable to a public housing authority organized under the Housing Authorities Law.
SB 200 - Barker - Income tax, state; housing choice vouchers, eligible housing areas. (H) Committee on Finance

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(H) VOTE: Passage (59-Y 41-N)02/17/20
notes: Expands the definition of "eligible housing area" for purposes of the housing choice voucher tax credit to include the City of Alexandria. Landlords who rent qualified housing units within such areas are eligible for an income tax credit. Current law only applies to certain areas within the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area and the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Metropolitan Statistical Area.