New Virginia Laws

 

Take Note!

The 2020 session of the Virginia General Assembly was historic in many ways as Democrats took control of both the House and Senate for the first time in years, women held top leadership posts, and Northern Virginia legislators chaired a majority of the committees.

For the first time in Virginia’s history, a woman, Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn (Fairfax) became Speaker of the House. In addition to Filler-Corn, women also took the Majority Leader and Clerk of the House positions – Delegate Charniele Herring (Alexandria) and Suzette Denslow, respectively. Of the 14 House Committees, nine are now chaired by Northern Virginians, and in the Senate, six of the nine committees are chaired by Northern Virginia legislators. Senator Dick Saslaw returned as Majority Leader, a position he has held in the past.

Unless otherwise noted, each of the Acts below will be effective on July 1, 2020.

The Realtor® legislative agenda was successful with all nine of the bills introduced being passed by the Legislature. However, although the Governor signed eight of the bills, he has not, as of this writing, signed the Association Health Plan legislation.

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Realtor® Legislative Agenda Bills

  • Association Health Plans

  • Extension of Right of Cancellation

  • Rent into Escrow

  • Return of Security Deposit

  • Death or Disability of a Broker

  • Removing Restrictive Covenants

Landlord and Tenant

  • HB519 (Bulova) and SB 115 (Favola)

  • HB 393 (Ward) and SB 707 (McClellan)

  • HB 1420 (Bourne)

  • SB 905 (Stanley)

  • HB 99 (Rasoul)

  • HB 1333 (Keam)

  • HB 1401 (Askew)

  • SB 640 (Surovell)

Residential Property Disclosures

  • HB 174 (Krizek)

  • HB 175 (Krizek)

  • HB 518 (Bulova) and SB 628 (Surovell)

  • HB 1569 (Convirs-Fowler) and SB 343 (Locke)

  • HB 859 (Convirs-Fowler)

  • HB 1161 (Lopez) and HB 1342 (Askew)

  • HB 838 (Convirs-Fowler)

Fair Housing

  • HB 6 (Bourne)

  • SB 868 (Ebbin)

  • HB 1049 (Levine)

  • HB 696 (Roem)

Real Estate Licensing and Regulation

  • HB 819 (Simon)

  • HB 1266 (Hodges)

  • HB 967 (Willett)

Taxes and Transportation

  • HB 1414 (Filler-Corn) and SB 890 (Saslaw)

  • HB 785 (Watts) and SB 588 (Hanger)

  • HB 1580 (Sullivan)

  • HB 1615 (Sullivan)

  • SB 230 (Petersen)

Housing Affordability

  • HB 535 (Carr)

  • HB 537 (Carr) and SB 727 (McClellan)

  • HB 590 (Guzman) and SB 200 (Barker)

  • HB 810 (Bourne)

  • HB 854 (Murphy)

  • HB 1101 (Carr) and SB 834 (McClellan)

  • HB 1267 (Hodges)

Land Use and Zoning

  • HB 150 (Samirah)

  • HB 504 (Hope)

  • HB 505 (Knight)

  • HB 585 (Guzman)

  • HB 726 (Reid) and SB 746 (Bell)

  • HB 998 (Hayes)

  • SB 360 (Cosgrove)

  • SB 647 (Favola)

  • SB 843 (Petersen

COA, POA and Common Interest Communities

  • HB 414 (Delaney) and SB 504 (Petersen)

  • HB 720 (Reid)

  • HB 1548 (Simon)

  • SB 584 (Mason)

  • SB 630 (Surovell)

Other Issues of Interest

  • HB 340 (Price)

  • HB 466 (Keam)

  • HB 284 (Cole, J.G.) and SB 225 (Stuart)

  • HB 1375 (Hodges)

  • HB 1605 (Hope) and SB 553 (Ruff)

  • HB 790 (Simon)

  • HB 831 (Carroll Foy) and SB 794 (Lewis)

  • HB 874 (Bourne) and SB 160 (Surovell)

  • HB 1655 (Orrock)