Housing

Bills CommitteeLast actionDate
HB 477 - Coyner - Eviction Diversion Pilot Program; extends expiration of Program to July 1, 2025. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0042)03/08/24
notes: Extends the expiration of the Eviction Diversion Pilot Program to July 1, 2025. Currently, the Program is set to expire on July 1, 2024. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Commission.
HB 478 - Coyner - Community revitalization fund; expanding use for all localities. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns

(S) Committee on Local Government
(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 692 (effective 7/1/24)04/08/24
notes: Expands the current provisions of law allowing for the establishment of a community revitalization fund for the purpose of preventing neighborhood deterioration to apply to all localities. Currently, only the City of Richmond is authorized to establish such a fund.
HB 572 - Delaney - Manufactured home parks; resident rights. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 726 (effective 7/1/24)04/08/24
notes: Provides that a rental agreement with a term of one year or more will not be automatically renewed if the tenant notifies the landlord 60 days prior to the expiration date of such tenant's intent to not renew the agreement. The bill permits a tenant to not renew a rental agreement due to a change in terms of the agreement by the landlord if such tenant notifies the landlord of his intent to not renew the rental agreement within 30 days of receiving the notice of the change in terms. The bill allows a landlord to include in a written rental agreement a late fee, not to exceed 10 percent of the amount of the rent due and owed, for unpaid rental payments. The bill increases from 60 days or more to less than one year the term of a rental agreement that may be terminated by written notice at least 60 days prior to the termination date of the agreement. Finally, the bill removes the right of a landlord to evict a tenant for two or more violations of any rule or provision of the rental agreement occurring within a six-month period.
HB 588 - McClure - VA Residential Landlord &Tenant Act; fire/casualty damage, landlord requirements for termination. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(H) Passed by until Reconvene, Wednesday, April 17, 202403/09/24
notes: Requires a landlord, prior to giving a tenant 21 days' notice of his intention to terminate the rental agreement for a dwelling unit that has been damaged or destroyed by fire or casualty, to make a reasonable effort to meet with the tenant to discuss reasonable alternatives and to offer the tenant a substantially similar unit, if one is available. Current law allows the landlord to terminate such agreement by giving the tenant 14 days' notice of his intention to terminate on the basis of the landlord's determination that such damage requires the removal of the tenant and that the use of the premises is substantially impaired. The bill requires the landlord, upon receiving a request from the tenant after the tenant has received such notice, to reevaluate the extent of damage and habitability of such unit.
HB 597 - Price - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; enforcement by localities. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(H) Passed by until Reconvene, Wednesday, April 17, 202403/09/24
notes: Provides that if a condition exists in a rental dwelling unit that constitutes a material noncompliance by the landlord with the rental agreement or with any provision of law that, if not promptly corrected, constitutes a fire hazard or serious threat to the life, health, or safety of tenants or occupants of the premises, a locality may institute an action for injunction and damages to enforce the landlord's duty to maintain the rental dwelling unit in a fit and habitable condition, provided that (i) the property where the violation occurred is within the jurisdictional boundaries of the locality and (ii) the locality has notified the landlord who owns the property, either directly or through the managing agent, of the nature of the violation and the landlord has failed to remedy the violation to the satisfaction of the locality within a reasonable time after receiving such notice.
HB 598 - Price - Virginia Residential Landlord & Tenant Act; landlord remedies, noncompliance with rental agreement. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Vetoed by Governor04/05/24
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 701 - Feggans - Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; routine maintenance, notice to tenant. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0046)03/08/24
notes: Requires landlords, unless impractical to do so, to provide a tenant with 72 hours' notice within 14 days of routine maintenance. Current law requires a landlord to give at least 72 hours' notice for such maintenance but does not provide a maximum window of time for such notice.
HB 863 - Hernandez - Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act; flood-related disclosures. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Continued to 2025 in General Laws02/06/24
notes: Requires the Real Estate Board to include on its repetitive risk loss disclosure form for owners of residential real property space for the disclosure of historical flood damages, flood insurance claims, and costs to such residential real property along with other related information. The bill also requires the owner of residential real property within the Commonwealth to disclose to any purchaser or renter of such property certain facts related to the flood history and risk of such property.
HB 878 - Bulova - Affordable housing; purchase of development rights. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(S) Continued to 2025 in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)02/28/24
notes: Permits any local government to purchase development rights or accept the donation of development rights in an effort to preserve and provide affordable housing. The bill grants local governments the powers necessary to carry out the purchase of such development rights. The bill prohibits the conversion or diversion of such affordable housing once the development rights are purchased unless the local government determines that such diversion is essential to the development and growth of the locality and in accordance with the locality's comprehensive plan.
HB 1028 - Reaser - Affordable housing; assisted living facilities. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns

(S) Committee on Local Government
(G) Vetoed by Governor04/08/24
notes: Allows localities that have adopted an affordable housing program to require that affordable rental units be included for any proposed licensed assisted living facility that is the subject of an application for a special exception or special use permit. Such ordinance shall apply to applications approved on or after January 1, 2025.
HB 1096 - Thomas - Housing opportunity; increases tax credit. (H) Committee on Finance(H) House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered02/16/24
notes: Increases, for calendar years 2023 through 2025, the amount of housing opportunity tax credits that may be claimed from $60 million per calendar year to $100 million per calendar year.
HB 1105 - Carr - Zoning for Housing Production Pilot Program; created, affordable dwelling unit policy incentives. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(H) Failed to pass in House03/09/24
notes: Creates the Zoning for Housing Production Fund to be administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development. The bill requires moneys from the Fund to be awarded as grants to localities by application to the Department for the purpose of creating and maintaining affordable housing in mixed-income communities, as defined in the bill. To be eligible for a grant from the Fund, a locality is required to make a change to its zoning ordinance in accordance with the requirements of the bill. The bill has an expiration date of July 1, 2029.
HB 1122 - Carr - Affordable housing; City of Richmond has authority to provide. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns(H) Continued to 2025 in Counties, Cities and Towns02/02/24
notes: Adds the City of Richmond to the list of localities with authority to provide for an affordable housing dwelling unit program.
HB 1124 - Carr - Faith in Housing for the Commonwealth Act; construction of affordable housing. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Continued to 2025 in General Laws02/06/24
notes: To be Studied by Housing Commission - Permits a religious organization, defined in the bill, to construct affordable housing on real estate owned by such religious organization (i) on or before January 1, 2024, or for a period of not less than five years, and (ii) for which the religious organization retains a majority ownership interest. Same as SB233.
HB 1253 - McClure - Affordable dwelling unit ordinances; accessible units for persons with a physical disability. (H) Committee on General Laws(H) Continued to 2025 in General Laws02/08/24
notes: Provides that any locality that has adopted an affordable dwelling unit ordinance may require under such ordinance that a set percentage of the units built by a developer are compliant with the appropriate requirements of the American National Standards for Building and Facilities for Type A units or with any other standards adopted as part of regulations promulgated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development providing accessibility and usability for persons with a physical disability.
HB 1397 - Krizek - Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act; manufactured home park, notice of sale and relocation expenses. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(H) Governor's recommendation received by House04/08/24
notes: Requires a manufactured home park owner to provide notice to the Department of Housing and Community Development and each manufactured home park tenant 90 days prior to unconditionally accepting an offer to purchase a manufactured home park. The bill permits an entity of tenants, as described in the bill, to negotiate for purchase of the manufactured home park and provides for an appraisal if the parties dispute the fair market value of such manufactured home park. The bill provides an additional 90-day period for an entity to obtain financing for the purchase of a manufactured home park. The bill requires that its provisions be liberally construed to preserve affordable housing and expand the opportunities for owners of manufactured homes to purchase a manufactured home park. Finally, the bill provides for $5,000 in relocation expenses for a manufactured home owner if a rental agreement is terminated due to the sale of the manufactured home park to a buyer that is going to redevelop the park and change its use.
HB 1398 - Bennett-Parker - Affordable housing; creates framework for localities to preserve housing. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Vetoed by Governor04/08/24
notes: Creates a framework for localities to preserve affordable housing by exercising a right of first refusal on publicly supported housing, defined in the bill. The bill authorizes localities to implement an ordinance that requires an owner to accept a right of first refusal offer by the locality or qualified designee, defined in the bill, in order to preserve affordable housing for a period of not less than 15 years. The bill requires that any locality adopting such an ordinance to preserve affordable housing submit an annual report to the Department of Housing and Community Development by December 31.
HB 1446 - Coyner - Real property tax; assessment of real property used for affordable housing. (H) Committee on Finance(H) Continued to 2025 with substitute in Finance (12-Y 9-N)02/07/24
notes: Requires the duly authorized real estate assessor of a locality to appraise affordable rental housing in accordance with the income approach, as described by the bill. The bill provides that, should the duly authorized real estate assessor fail to follow generally accepted appraisal practices, the assessment will not be entitled to a presumption of correctness, and if the owner then successfully appeals such assessment, the locality shall reimburse the owner for attorney fees and costs incurred.
SB 49 - Locke - Community revitalization fund; expanding use for all localities. (H) Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns

(S) Committee on Local Government
(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 701 (effective 7/1/24)04/08/24
notes: Expands the current provisions of law allowing for the establishment of a community revitalization fund for the purpose of preventing neighborhood deterioration to apply to all localities. Currently, only the City of Richmond is authorized to establish such a fund.
SB 232 - Hashmi - Manufactured home parks; resident rights. (H) Committee on General Laws

(S) Committee on General Laws and Technology
(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 762 (effective 7/1/24)04/08/24
notes: Provides that a rental agreement with a term of one year or more will not be automatically renewed if the tenant notifies the landlord 60 days prior to the expiration date of such tenant's intent to not renew the agreement. The bill permits a tenant to not renew a rental agreement due to a change in terms of the agreement by the landlord if such tenant notifies the landlord of his intent to not renew the rental agreement within 30 days of receiving the notice of the change in terms. The bill allows a landlord to include in a written rental agreement a late fee, not to exceed 10 percent of the amount of the rent due and owed, for unpaid rental payments. The bill increases from 60 days or more to less than one year the term of a rental agreement that may be terminated by written notice at least 60 days prior to the termination date of the agreement. Finally, the bill removes the right of a landlord to evict a tenant for two or more violations of any rule or provision of the rental agreement occurring within a six-month period.
SB 233 - Hashmi - Faith in Housing for the Commonwealth Act; construction of affordable housing. (S) Committee on General Laws and Technology(S) Continued to 2025 in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N)01/24/24
notes: To be Studied by Housing Commission - Permits a religious organization, defined in the bill, to construct affordable housing on real estate owned by such religious organization (i) on or before January 1, 2024, or for a period of not less than five years, and (ii) for which the religious organization retains a majority ownership interest. Same as HB1124.
SB 555 - Williams Graves - First-time homebuyer; creates a tax credit for taxable years 2024 through 2028. (S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations(S) Passed by indefinitely in Finance and Appropriations with letter (15-Y 0-N)02/07/24
notes: Creates a tax credit for taxable years 2024 through 2028 for individuals or married couples filing jointly who sell residential real property that is the taxpayer's primary residence and is located in the Commonwealth to a first-time homebuyer, as defined by the bill. Such credit will be equal to two percent of the sales price of the property, not to exceed $5,000.
SB 556 - Williams Graves - Historic rehabilitation; maximum amount of tax credit. (H) Committee on Appropriations

(S) Committee on Finance and Appropriations
(G) Approved by Governor-Chapter 512 (effective 7/1/24)04/04/24
notes: Increases from $5 million to $10 million, beginning in taxable year 2024, 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. In addition, should the taxpayer incur expenses toward the rehabilitation of a certified historic structure in a locality that has a designated enterprise zone, as defined in relevant law, the taxpayer may claim up to an additional $10 million in any taxable year.