Housing Bills, 2022 Legislative Session

Bills CommitteeLast actionDate
HB 160 - Mundon King - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; landlord obligations, tenant safety. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Tabled in Appropriations (10-Y 8-N)02/11/22
notes: Requires a landlord who owns more than four rental dwelling units, or more than a 10 percent interest in more than four rental dwelling units, to require all employees and applicants for employment to submit to fingerprinting and provide personal descriptive information to be forwarded along with the employee's or applicant's fingerprints through the Central Criminal Records Exchange and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the purpose of obtaining criminal history record information regarding such employee or applicant. The bill allows a landlord to disqualify from employment any person who has been convicted of or found guilty of, or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to, regardless of adjudication, a violent crime committed in any jurisdiction. The bill also provides that a landlord must (i) establish written policies and procedure for the storage and management of, access to, and return of all keys for each rental dwelling unit; (ii) regulate the secure storage of and access to unissued keys; and (iii) maintain a written log for the issuance and return of all keys. Finally, pursuant to the bill, all relevant landlords must submit certain information on a quarterly basis to the Department of Housing and Community Development to prove compliance with the provisions outlined in the bill.
HB 214 - Robinson - Redevelopment and housing authorities; naming convention. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0158)04/07/22
notes: Provides that a locality that establishes a redevelopment and housing authority may name such authority an appropriate name and title. Current law requires the authority to be known as the "___________ (insert name of locality) Redevelopment and Housing Authority." The bill contains technical amendments.
HB 239 - Adams, D.M. - Housing & Supportive Services ILT initiative; housing & services to include adults 65 yrs. or older. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0195)04/07/22
notes: Directs the Department for Housing and Community Development to expand the existing Housing and Supportive Services Interagency Leadership Team (ILT) initiative to include older Virginians as a target subpopulation and seek input from appropriate stakeholders to facilitate the development of strategies for increasing the supply of permanent supportive housing for older Virginians. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care.
HB 284 - Coyner - Real Estate Appraiser Board; continuing education to include fair housing or appraisal bias courses. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0118)04/06/22
notes: Provides that any regulation of the Real Estate Appraiser Board setting out continuing education requirements for real estate appraiser licensees as a prerequisite of license renewal shall include at least two hours of fair housing if the Board requires continuing education for the renewal of such licenses.
HB 376 - Convirs-Fowler - Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act; residential property disclosure statement form. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/15/22
notes: Requires the residential property disclosure statement form developed by the Real Estate Board and maintained on its website to include a statement signed by the parties acknowledging that the purchaser has been advised of the disclosures listed in residential property disclosure statement. Under current law, the form that contains the statement to be signed by the parties is not required to be included with the residential property disclosure statement form.
HB 400 - Willett - Real property; affordable housing. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0624)04/11/22
notes: Includes the Rental Assistance Demonstration program in the list of federal laws whose restrictions shall be considered in determining the fair market value of real estate that is operated as affordable rental housing.
HB 402 - Willett - Landlords, participation; tax credit. (H) Committee on Finance

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0252)04/08/22
notes: Increases the level of residents living below the poverty line from 10 percent to 40 percent in order to qualify as an eligible census tract for the credits on individual and corporate income tax for census tracts outside of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Metropolitan Statistical Area, or the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News Metropolitan Statistical Area. The bill retains the existing level of residents who must be living below the poverty line at 10 percent in order to qualify as an eligible census tract for the credits on individual and corporate income tax for the foregoing named census tracts.
HB 465 - Bennett-Parker - Affordable dwelling unit; ordinances in certain localities. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns(H) Left in Counties, Cities and Towns02/15/22
notes: Provides that any project may be required, outside of an affordable housing dwelling unit program, to contribute to a county or city housing fund but not for density covered by the program. The bill's provision applies to any county where the urban county executive form of government (Fairfax County) or the county manager plan of government (Arlington County) is in effect, as well as to the Counties of Albemarle and Loudoun and the Cities of Alexandria, Charlottesville, and Fairfax.
HB 498 - Mullin - H-2B employer-provided housing; registry. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions(H) Stricken from docket by Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N)01/25/22
notes: Requires every H-2B employer, as defined in the bill, to report to the Commissioner of Health the physical address of every unit of employer-provided housing, also defined in the bill, provided to an H-2B employee, together with the number of H-2B employees residing at each such housing unit and the number of beds at each such housing unit. The bill requires the Department of Health to establish, maintain, and make available on a website a registry of H-2B employer-provided housing in the Commonwealth that includes the information H-2B employers are required by the bill to report.
HB 532 - Convirs-Fowler - Public accommodations, employment, and housing; prohibited discrimination. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Stricken from docket by General Laws (22-Y 0-N)02/08/22
notes: Prohibits discrimination in public accommodations, employment, and housing on the basis of a person's political affiliation.
HB 586 - VanValkenburg - Virginia Fair Housing Law; use of assistance animal in a dwelling, penalties. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology with letter (11-Y 4-N)03/02/22
notes: Makes it a Class 4 misdemeanor, with respect to the Virginia Fair Housing Law, for a person to knowingly and willfully misrepresent himself as needing an assistance animal. The bill also prohibits any person from providing supporting documentation in an attempt to verify the existence of a disability or disability-related need for a person seeking a reasonable accommodation in a dwelling if he does not have a therapeutic relationship with the person requesting the reasonable accommodation and provides that a violation of this provision constitutes a prohibited practice under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. Lastly, the bill allows for a request for a reasonable accommodation to be denied if supporting documentation of the disability or disability-related need is deemed unreliable.
HB 596 - Clark - Rent stabilization, local; any locality may by ordinance adopt provisions. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/15/22
notes: Provides that any locality may by ordinance adopt rent stabilization provisions. The bill provides that no such ordinance shall be adopted until the proposed ordinance has been posted on the locality's website and advertised in a newspaper of general circulation in the locality at least two weeks prior to a public hearing on such ordinance. All landlords who are under rent stabilization may be required to give up to a two-month written notice of a rent increase and cannot increase the rent by more than the locality's rent stabilization allowance, the maximum amount a landlord can increase a tenant's rent during any 12-month period, in effect at the time of the increase, and the bill requires the locality to annually publish this allowance on its website. The allowance is equal to the annual increase in the Consumer Price Index for the region in which the locality sits and is effective for a 12-month period beginning July 1.

See bill for other provisions.
HB 635 - Carr - Inclusionary housing; zoning. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns(H) Continued to 2023 in Counties, Cities and Towns02/11/22
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 640 - Carr - Unemployment compensation; invalid claims not eligible for appeal. (H) Committee on Commerce and Energy(H) Left in Commerce and Energy02/15/22
HB 702 - Keam - Va. Residential Property Disclosure Act; required disclosures, maximum lot coverage. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0268)04/08/22
notes: Requires an owner of a single-family detached residential property to disclose in writing to any prospective purchaser or lessee of the property the existing lot coverage and the maximum lot coverage for the property as permitted by zoning ordinance in the locality in which the property is located.
HB 717 - Filler-Corn - Unaccompanied homeless youths; consent for housing services. (H) Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0801)05/27/22
notes: Provides that an unaccompanied homeless youth shall be deemed an adult for the purpose of consenting to housing, including emergency shelter, and other services and establishes requirements for providers of housing, including emergency shelter, and other services for unaccompanied homeless youths. The bill directs the Board of Social Services to adopt regulations for implementation of the bill and directs the Department of Social Services to establish a work group composed of at least one local education agency liaison for homeless children and youth designated pursuant to federal law, one attorney who represents unaccompanied homeless youths, two providers of housing and other services for unaccompanied homeless youths, and three individuals who are or have been unaccompanied homeless youths to make recommendations to the Board regarding such regulations.
HB 729 - Ward - Vacant building; registration. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns(H) Left in Counties, Cities and Towns02/15/22
notes: Allows cities and certain towns to require annual registration by the owners of buildings that have been vacant for a continuous period of 12 months or more and that may endanger the public health, safety, or welfare. Under current law, buildings must meet a specific definition of "derelict building" before their owners can be required to register by these localities.
HB 753 - Adams, L.R. - Human rights; religious organizations, promotion of religious principles. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (8-Y 7-N)02/23/22
notes: Provides that nothing in the Virginia Human Rights Act prohibits a religious corporation, association, or society, or any nonprofit institution or organization operated, supervised, or controlled by or in conjunction with a religious organization, association, or society, from taking any action to promote the religious principles for which it is established or maintained. The bill exempts any place of accommodation owned by or operated on behalf of a religious corporation, association, or society from the nondiscrimination in public places of accommodation provisions of the Virginia Human Rights Act. Under current law, such places of accommodation are exempt only when not open to the public. The bill adds preschools to the list of educational institutions that are exempt from discriminatory hiring practices with respect to the hiring and employment of employees of a particular religion when such institutions are owned, supported, controlled, or managed by a particular religion or religious corporation, association, or society. The bill clarifies that the term "religion" includes all aspects of religious observance and practice as well as belief for the purposes of the exemption from discrimination in employment of individuals employed to perform work associated with the activities of a particular religion by a religious corporation, association, educational institution, or society. The bill removes provisions allowing (i) a court or jury in a civil action that finds unlawful discrimination has occurred to order such affirmative action as may be appropriate and (ii) the Attorney General to seek to obtain such relief as would be available to a private party when he intervenes in a civil action for unlawful discrimination.
HB 802 - Price - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; enforcement by localities. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(H) VOTE: (48-Y 52-N)04/28/22
notes: Provides that any county, city, or town may bring an action to enforce the provisions of the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act related to health and safety, provided that (i) the property where the violations occurred is within the jurisdictional boundaries of the county, city, or town; (ii) the county, city, or town has notified the landlord who owns the property directly or through the managing agent of the nature of the violations and the landlord has not remedied the violations within a reasonable time after receiving such notice to the satisfaction of the county, city, or town; and (iii) such enforcement action may include seeking an injunction, damages, or both.
HB 803 - Price - Virginia Residential Landlord & Tenant Act; landlord remedies, noncompliance with rental agreement. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/15/22
notes: Increases from five days to 14 days the mandatory waiting period after a landlord serves written notice on a tenant notifying the tenant of his nonpayment of rent and of the landlord's intention to terminate the rental agreement if rent is not paid before the landlord may pursue remedies for termination of the rental agreement.
HB 804 - Price - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; nonrefundable application fee, limitations. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/15/22
notes: Places limitations on when a landlord may charge a nonrefundable application fee in addition to a refundable application deposit. The bill prohibits a landlord with more than four rental dwelling units or more than a 10 percent interest in more than four rental dwelling units from charging prospective tenants any nonrefundable application fee in excess of the amount necessary to reimburse the landlord for any actual out-of-pocket expenses paid by the landlord to a third party performing a number of pre-occupancy checks on the applicant. The bill allows an applicant to choose to provide certain information to the landlord in the form of a portable tenant screening report in lieu of paying an application fee. When an applicant chooses not to provide such report, a landlord that owns four or fewer rental dwelling units may charge such applicant actual out-of-pocket expenses paid by the landlord to a third party performing certain pre-occupancy checks on the applicant or, in the case of an application for a public housing unit, an application fee of no more than $32, including any actual out-of-pocket expenses paid to a third party by the landlord performing background, credit, or other pre-occupancy checks on the applicant.
HB 824 - Torian - Low-income housing; tax credit for specialty populations, expands availability. (H) Committee on Finance(H) Left in Finance02/15/22
notes: Expands availability beginning in taxable year 2022 of the nonrefundable Virginia Housing Opportunity Tax Credit, which is equal to the amount of the federal low-income housing tax credit allocated or allowed by the Virginia Housing Development Authority, to qualified specialty population projects, defined in the bill as low-income buildings that are eligible for the federal credit that creates housing for individuals who (i) have been issued an intellectual disability or developmental disability waiver, (ii) require behavioral health treatment or services, or (iii) require treatment or services for substance use and abuse recovery. No more than $2.5 million in credits shall be granted per calendar year for such qualified specialty population projects.
HB 840 - Lopez - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; retaliatory conduct, rebuttable presumption. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/15/22
notes: Establishes a rebuttable presumption of retaliatory conduct pursuant to the provisions of the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act if a landlord increases rent beyond that which is charged for similar market rentals, decreases services, brings or threatens to bring an action for possession, or terminates the rental agreement within six months of having knowledge of certain actions made by a tenant.
HB 843 - Bloxom - Income tax, state; housing opportunity tax credits. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Left in Appropriations02/15/22
notes: Provides that for award cycles, defined in the bill as the 12-month period during which the Virginia Housing and Development Authority (the Authority) awards tax credits to eligible projects, beginning on and after January 1, 2021, but before July 1, 2025, and upon approving a federal low-income housing tax credit for a qualified project pursuant to the Authority's qualified allocation plan, the Authority shall award a housing opportunity tax credit for the owner of the qualified project so long as doing so will not result in exceeding the award cycle cap, defined as the sum of (i) $150 million, (ii) the amount, if any, by which the award cycle cap for the preceding award cycle exceeds the tax credits awarded by the Authority in that award cycle, and (iii) the amount of tax credits recaptured or otherwise disallowed in the preceding fiscal year. The bill provides that the housing opportunity tax credit award shall not be less than one-half of the aggregate amount of the federal low-income housing tax credit approved for the qualified project under the Authority's qualified allocation plan for all years of the project's credit period. The bill requires the Authority to send written notice of the award to the owner of the qualified project and provides that a housing opportunity tax credit shall be allowed for such qualified project for each year of the credit period, in an amount equal to the lesser of (a) the amount of federal low-income housing tax credit allocated or allowed by the Authority to such qualified project, except that there shall be no reduction in the tax credit allowable in the first year of the credit period due to the calculation in 26 U.S.C. 42(f)(2), or (b) one-tenth of the tax
HB 868 - Lopez - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; terms and conditions of rental agreement. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/15/22
notes: Prohibits a landlord from waiving, either orally or in writing, his duty to maintain a fit premises, and requires a landlord to include in every rental agreement the terms and conditions governing such duty.
HB 882 - Lopez - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; tenant's assertion, condemnation of dwelling unit. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/15/22
notes: Provides a rebuttable presumption of a landlord's material noncompliance with the rental agreement if the leased premises was condemned by an appropriate state or local agency due to the landlord's or his agent's refusal or failure to remedy a condition for which he was served a condemnation notice. The bill requires a court, when such rebuttable presumption is established, to award the tenant the amount of three months' rent, any prepaid rent, and any security deposit paid by the tenant.
HB 893 - Maldonado - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; terms and conditions of rental agreement. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/15/22
notes: Requires a landlord that owns more than four rental dwelling units to, in the case of any rental agreement that provides for automatic renewal of such agreement, provide separate written notice to the tenant notifying the tenant of any increase in rent. The bill provides that such notice shall be provided to the tenant no less than 30 days before the automatic renewal takes effect.
HB 909 - Lopez - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; prohibited discrimination, national origin. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/15/22
notes: Provides that a landlord may not discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges with respect to the rental of a dwelling unit, or in the provision of services or facilities in the connection therewith, to any person because of such person's national origin.
HB 954 - Convirs-Fowler - Property Owners' Association Act; use of electronic means for meetings and voting. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/15/22
notes: Provides that reasonable accommodations shall be made to allow a member of the board of directors of a property owners' association to attend a meeting by telephone or video conference if such member is incapable or otherwise unable to be physically present at such meeting and that such member shall be deemed present for quorum and voting purposes. The bill also requires any guidelines adopted by the board of directors of an association for the use of electronic means for meetings to be applied equally to all board members and lot owners.
HB 955 - Convirs-Fowler - Property Owners' Association Act; access to association records, electronic participation. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/15/22
notes: Clarifies that all books and records kept by or on behalf of an association shall be made available to a member in good standing or his authorized agent in a manner consistent with the association's routine practices and procedure for the keeping and production of such books and records, to include both physical and electronic methods of production. Current law makes no mention of the electronic production of such books and records. The bill also permits members to participate in any meeting of the association through electronic communication means if doing so has been authorized by the board of directors. Such members shall be deemed present for quorum purposes and may vote at the meeting so long as the board of directors has implemented certain policies regarding access to and participation in the meeting.
HB 1062 - Krizek - Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act; notice, sale of manufactured home park. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Stricken from docket by General Laws (22-Y 0-N)02/08/22
notes: Changes from 180 days to 270 days the notice period a landlord has to give to a tenant before the sale of a manufactured home park.
HB 1063 - Shin - Public accommodations, employment, and housing; prohibited discrimination on the basis of religion. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0799)05/27/22
notes: Clarifies that "religion" as it relates to freedom of expression includes any outward expression of religious faith in contexts where discrimination on the basis of religion is prohibited.
HB 1065 - Krizek - Manufactured home lot rental agreements and public notices; work group to develop sample documents. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0564)04/11/22
notes: Requires the owner of a manufactured home park who offers or lists the park for sale to a third party to provide written notice of the prospective sale to the locality where the park is located. Under current law, such notice is only required to be sent to the Department of Housing and Community Development. The bill also provides that acceptance of an offer to purchase a manufactured home park is contingent upon the park owner sending written notice of the proposed sale, including certain information listed in the real estate purchase contract, to the locality where the park is located at least 90 days before the closing date. Under current law, such notice is required to be sent only to the Department of Housing and Community Development at least 60 days before the closing date. Additionally, these notices are to be provided to any tenant of the manufactured home park, in clear, understandable language and translated into the tenant's preferred language if the tenant is unable to speak or understand English adequately enough to understand the content of such notice.
HB 1122 - Campbell, J.L. - Manufactured homes, certain; release of manufactured home records. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0479)04/11/22
notes: Requires the owner of a new manufactured home that is and always has been affixed to real property to record the certificate of origin provided by the home's manufacturer with the commissioner of revenue in the locality where the real property is located. The bill provides that, upon proper recordation, such manufactured home shall be considered real property and shall be subject to all local, state, and federal rules, laws, and regulations regarding real property. The bill also (i) requires the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles to furnish vehicle information for a manufactured home to a prospective purchaser, a real estate agent, or a loan officer upon such individuals meeting certain requirements and (ii) prohibits the Department from disposing of any vehicle information for any manufactured home.
HB 1137 - Walker - Virginia Fair Housing Law; removes certain exemptions. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/15/22
notes: Exemptions.

These exemptions are under the state's Fair Housing Lase.
HB 1159 - Lopez - Virginia Housing Trust Fund; recommendations for increase in allocation of funds. (H) Committee on Appropriations(H) Left in Appropriations02/15/22
notes: Directs the Department of Housing and Community Development to convene a stakeholder work group to determine an appropriate increase in the percentage of moneys from the Virginia Housing Trust Fund that is used to provide flexible financing for low-interest loans through eligible organizations that are allocated to housing developments that serve persons and families with a household income at or below 30 percent of the adjusted median income and to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, and the Chairmen of the House Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriations on or before December 1, 2022.
HB 1194 - Carr - Industrial Development and Revenue Bond Act; affordable housing grants. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns

(S) Committee on Local Government
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0489)04/11/22
notes: Authorizes an industrial development authority to make grants associated with the construction of affordable housing in order to promote safe and affordable housing in the Commonwealth and to benefit thereby, the safety, health, welfare, and prosperity of the inhabitants of the Commonwealth.

HB 1216 - Glass - Housing authorities law; powers of legal entity, use of funds and tax credits. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/15/22
notes: Requires any legal entity formed by a local redevelopment and housing authority to expend funds or utilize tax credits only in support of projects within its area of operation. The bill also provides that the books and records of any such legal entity shall be made available, upon request, to the local governing body or its designee.
HB 1219 - Lopez - Historic rehabilitation; increases maximum amount of tax credit. (H) Committee on Finance(H) Left in Finance02/15/22
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, that may be claimed by a taxpayer in any taxable year beginning in taxable year 2022.
HB 1227 - McQuinn - Housing authorities; appointment of commissioners, exception. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Left in General Laws02/15/22
notes: Provides an exception to the prohibition against a local redevelopment and housing authority's appointment of an officer or employee of the city or county for which the authority was created as a commissioner by allowing an authority to appoint as a commissioner one member of its city or town's council and the mayor of its city or town, or his designee.
HB 1286 - Hudson - Housing Authorities Law; notice of intent to dispose of housing projects. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0601)04/11/22
notes: Removes the requirement that any housing authority required to submit an application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to demolish, liquidate, or otherwise dispose of such housing project also serve a notice to any agency that would be responsible for administering tenant-based rental assistance to persons who would otherwise be displaced from the housing project. The bill shortens from 12 to six the number of months prior to such application submission date required before the housing authority serves notice of intent to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and each tenant residing in the housing project. The bill prohibits the housing authority from requiring a tenant currently residing in such housing project to surrender possession of his unit until at least 12 months after serving the notice required by the bill unless permitted under the lease agreement or other applicable law.
HB 1289 - Head - Uniform Statewide Building Code; exemption for certain use and occupancy classifications. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0407)04/11/22
notes: Directs the Board of Housing and Community Development to revise the Uniform Statewide Building Code to exempt from any requirements in the energy efficiency standards established pursuant to the Virginia Administrative Code and the 2018 Virginia Energy Conservation Code for the use and occupancy classifications of (i) Section 306, Factory Group F; (ii) Section 311, Storage Group S; and (iii) Section 312, Utility and Miscellaneous Group U.
SB 4 - Suetterlein - Emergency Services and Disaster Law; limitation on duration of executive orders. (H) Committee on Rules

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0803)05/27/22
notes: Limits the duration of any executive order issued by the Governor pursuant to his powers under the Emergency Services and Disaster Law to no more than 45 days from the date of issuance. The bill provides that if the General Assembly does not take any action on the rule, regulation, or order within the 45 days during which the rule, regulation, or order is effective, the Governor shall thereafter be prohibited from issuing the same or a similar rule, regulation, or order relating to the same emergency. Under current law, once issued, such executive orders are effective until June 30 following the next regular session of the General Assembly.
SB 24 - Locke - Eviction Diversion Pilot Program; extends sunset date, report. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0797)05/27/22
notes: Extends from July 1, 2023, to July 1, 2024 the expiration date of the Eviction Diversion Pilot Program. The bill also requires the Virginia Housing Commission to submit an interim report no later than November 30, 2022, and a final report no later November 30, 2023.
SB 40 - Spruill - Assisted living facilities; involuntary discharge, safeguards for residents. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0706)04/27/22
notes: Assisted living facilities; involuntary discharge. Requires that regulations of the Board of Social Services regarding involuntary discharges of residents from assisted living facilities provide certain safeguards for residents, including a description of the reasons for which a resident may be involuntarily discharged, certain notice requirements, a requirement that the facility make reasonable efforts to resolve any issues upon which the discharge is based, and the provision of information regarding the resident's right to appeal the facility's decision to discharge the resident.
SB 43 - Favola - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; county and city enforcement. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Stricken at request of Patron in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)02/02/22
notes: Provides that any county or city may bring an action to enforce the provisions of the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act related to health and safety, provided that (i) the property where the violations occurred is within the jurisdictional boundaries of the county or city; (ii) the county or city has notified the landlord who owns the property directly or through the managing agent of the nature of the violations and the landlord has not remedied the violations within a reasonable time after receiving such notice to the satisfaction of the county or city; and (iii) such enforcement action may include seeking an injunction, damages, or both.
SB 47 - Locke - Income tax, state; housing opportunity tax credits. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(S) Continued to 2022 Sp. Sess. 1 pursuant to HJR45503/12/22
notes: Increases the aggregate annual limit on housing opportunity tax credits from $15 million to the sum of (i) $150 million, (ii) the amount by which the allocation for the previous year exceeds credits actually reserved in that year, and (iii) the amount of credits recaptured or disallowed for the previous year. The bill removes the credit's sunset, which under current law is January 1, 2026; however, the Virginia Housing Development Authority (the Authority), which administers the credit, would be authorized to reserve credits only for fiscal years beginning in January 1, 2021, but before January 1, 2026.

The bill directs the Authority, which is the agency charged with administering the federal low-income housing tax credit (the federal credit), to reserve a housing opportunity tax credit (the state credit) for a taxpayer whenever it allocates a federal credit. The reserved state credit must be at least one-half of all federal credits allocated to the taxpayer over the 10-year period for the federal credit. However, the bill limits the amount of credits a taxpayer may claim in a single taxable year to the lesser of (a) the amount of the federal credit allocated to the taxpayer or (b) one-tenth of the reserved amount.

The bill removes the Authority's power to allow credit applicants to sell credits to other taxpayers.
SB 60 - Hackworth - Political subdivisions; powers and duties, emergency management assessment. (H) Committee on Public Safety

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0217)04/08/22
notes: Provides that all political subdivisions shall provide an annually updated emergency management assessment and data related to emergency sheltering capabilities to the State Coordinator of Emergency Management on or before August 1 of each year. Under current law, such assessment and data is due to the State Coordinator of Emergency Management on or before May 1 of each year.
SB 69 - Favola - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; rental agreements, child care. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0267)04/08/22
notes: Prohibits a rental agreement from containing provisions that prohibit the operation of properly licensed and authorized child care services.
SB 140 - Edwards - Smoke alarms; expands requirement to dwelling unit buildings. (S) Committee on Local Government(S) Failed to report (defeated) in Local Government (7-Y 8-N)01/24/22
notes: Expands the requirement to retrofit buildings with one or more dwelling units, hotels and motels, and rooming houses with smoke alarms without regard to the time of construction of such buildings.
SB 263 - Hashmi - Housing & Supportive Services ILT initiative; housing & services to include adults 65 yrs. or older. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0196)04/07/22
notes: Directs the Department for Housing and Community Development to expand the existing Housing and Supportive Services Interagency Leadership Team (ILT) initiative to include older Virginians as a target subpopulation and seek input from appropriate stakeholders to facilitate the development of strategies for increasing the supply of permanent supportive housing for older Virginians. This bill is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care.
SB 284 - Ebbin - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; landlord's noncompliance as defense to action. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Continued to 2023 in General Laws and Technology (12-Y 2-N)02/09/22
notes: Removes the requirement that a tenant, if in possession of a dwelling unit, must pay for the court to hold the amount of rent found to be due and unpaid pending the issuance of an order pursuant to an action by the landlord for possession based upon nonpayment of rent where the tenant has asserted a defense that there exists upon the leased premises a condition that constitutes, or will constitute, a fire hazard or a serious threat to the life, health, or safety of the occupant of the dwelling unit. The bill provides that (i) a tenant may assert such a defense if, prior to the commencement of the action for rent or possession, the landlord or his agent had notice of the condition, was given a reasonable opportunity to remedy the condition, and failed to do so and (ii) while the period of time that is deemed to be a unreasonable delay is left to the court, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that a period in excess of 14 days, changed from 30 days in current law, from receipt of the notification by the landlord is reasonable. Finally, the bill clarifies that, not only may the court issue an order that reduces rent by an equitable amount in consideration of the existence of an allowable condition asserted by the tenant, but the court may also refer any matter before it to the proper state or local agency for investigation and report and continue the action or complaint pending completion of such investigation and receipt of the report. Current law allows the court to terminate the rental agreement or order the surrender of the premises to the landlord or require the tenant to deposit with the court any rents that will become due during the period of continuance while the state or local agency investigates.
SB 312 - Bell - Statewide housing choice voucher program; DHCD to develop. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Stricken at request of Patron in General Laws and Technology (12-Y 0-N)02/09/22
notes: Requires the Department of Housing and Community Development to develop and implement a statewide housing choice voucher program to assist low-income Virginians with securing safe, decent, and affordable rental housing. The bill directs the Department to develop and implement such program on or before January 1, 2023.
SB 410 - Morrissey - Uniform Statewide Building Code; lead-safe rental housing. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Continued to 2023 in General Laws and Technology (12-Y 0-N)02/09/22
notes: Provides that the local governing body of a locality may adopt an ordinance that requires the inspection and certification of a residential rental dwelling unit built prior to 1986 for the purpose of ensuring the absence of lead hazards in such dwelling unit. The bill requires any such inspection and certification to be completed by a person licensed and qualified pursuant to appropriate state and federal laws and regulations and prohibits the rental of any residential dwelling unit that does not receive a satisfactory post-inspection certification based on certain factors outlined in the bill. Pursuant to the provisions of the bill, any locality that adopts an ordinance shall establish a fund to pay for the cost of remediation or require the landlord to pay for remedying the lead hazard. Finally, the bill allows a locality to waive inspection requirements for certain reasons and permits the local governing body of a locality to adopt additional lead-safe and lead-free inspection and certification requirements or higher standards for inspection and certification, if it so chooses.
SB 740 - Surovell - Common interest communities; standards for structural integrity and reserves for capital components. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0421)04/11/22
notes: Directs the Department of Housing and Community Development to establish a task force to study the adequacy of current laws addressing standards for structural integrity and for maintaining reserves to repair, replace, or restore capital components in common interest communities. The bill directs the task force to report its findings and recommendations, including any legislative recommendations, to the Chairmen of the House Committee on General Laws and the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology no later than November 1, 2022.