New Virginia Laws


Take Note!

The Virginia General Assembly passed numerous measures affecting Realtors® and your clients during the 2019 legislative session, including those introduced as part of our 2019 Realtor® Legislative Agenda.

All the measures summarized below were signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam (D). Unless otherwise noted, the new laws become effective July 1, 2019. 

Please visit to find out how you can help protect Realtors® through the Northern Virginia Realtors® Political Action Committee (NV/RPAC).


Common Interest Communities (HOAs, POAs, Condos)

  • Condo and Property Owners' Association Act; 3-day Right of Rescission for Incomplete Resale Certificates and Disclosure Packets

  • Virginia Property Owners' Association Act; home-based businesses

  • CIC Board; issuance of compliance orders

  • Common interest communities; dissemination of annual budget; reserve for capital components

  • Condominium Act; meetings of unit owners' associations; proxy voting

  • Property Owners' Association Act; association meetings; notice by email

Real Estate Licensing and Regulation

  • Unlicensed Real Estate in Virginia Consumer Protection Act

  • Independent Contractor Clarification for Real Estate Firms

  • Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation; unlicensed practice; cease and desist notices

  • Board of Health; Radon

  • Appointment of resident agent by nonresident property owner

  • Exemptions of real estate; recordation of signed writing; location of real estate or residence of householder if property located outside the Commonwealth

  • Virginia Residential Executory Real Estate Contracts Act

Health Insurance

Residential Property Disclosure

  • Virginia Residential Property Disclosure; Mineral Rights and Special Flood Hazard Areas

  • Virginia Residential Property Disclosure; Stormwater Facilities

Land Use and Zoning

  • Local Stormwater Management Fund

  • Uniform Statewide Building Code; enforcement by local building departments

  • Department of Health; requirements governing onsite sewage treatment systems

  • Impacts to wetlands; permit requirements for compensation

  • Grandfathering certain nonconforming use

  • Subdivision ordinance; sidewalks

Other Real Estate Related Issues

  • I-81 Improvement; Partial Transportation Funding Restored for Northern Virginia

  • Conditional Rezoning Proffers; Encouraging More Residential Development

  • Affordable housing; waiver of fees

  • Use of handheld personal communications devices; highway work zones; penalty

  • Virginia Telephone Privacy Protection Act

  • Electric utilities; provision of broadband services