HB 824 Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; disclosure of mold in dwelling unit.
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Summary as passed House:
Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act; disclosure of mold in dwelling unit. Provides that as part of the written report of the move-in inspection, the landlord shall disclose whether there is any visible evidence of mold in the dwelling unit. If the landlord's written disclosure states that there is no visible evidence of mold in the dwelling unit, this record shall be deemed correct unless the tenant objects thereto in writing within five days after receiving the report. If the landlord's written disclosure states that there is visible evidence of mold in the dwelling unit, the tenant shall have the option to terminate the tenancy or to accept the dwelling unit in an "as is" condition. The bill also defines "visible evidence of mold" and puts an obligation on the landlord to use reasonable efforts to maintain the premises in such a condition as to prevent the accumulation of moisture and the growth of mold and to promptly respond to any written notices from a tenant. The bill also obliges a tenant to use reasonable efforts to maintain the dwelling unit and any other part of the premises that he occupies in such a condition as to prevent accumulation of moisture and the growth of mold and to promptly notify the landlord in writing of any moisture accumulation that occurs or of any visible evidence of mold discovered by him. The bill contains technical amendments. The bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Study Commission.


Summary as introduced:
Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; disclosure of mold in dwelling unit. Provides that as part of the written report of the move-in inspection, the landlord shall disclose whether there is any visible evidence of mold in the dwelling unit. If the landlord's written disclosure states that there is no visible evidence of mold in the dwelling unit, this record shall be deemed correct unless the tenant objects thereto in writing within five days after receiving the report. If the landlord's written disclosure states that there is visible evidence of mold in the dwelling unit, the tenant shall have the option to terminate the tenancy or to accept the dwelling unit in an "as is" condition. The bill also defines "visible evidence of mold" and puts an obligation on the landlord to use reasonable efforts to maintain the premises in such a condition as to prevent the accumulation of moisture and the growth of mold, and to promptly respond to any written notices from a tenant. The bill also obliges a tenant to use reasonable efforts to maintain the dwelling unit and any other part of the premises that he occupies in such a condition as to prevent accumulation of moisture and the growth of mold, and to promptly notify the landlord in writing of any moisture accumulation that occurs or of any visible evidence of mold discovered by him. The bill contains technical amendments. The bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Study Commission.