SB 858 Landlord & tenant; installation of new lock or security device after entry of certain court orders.
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Summary as introduced:
Landlord and tenant law; access after entry of certain court orders. Provides that a tenant who has obtained an order from a court of competent jurisdiction pursuant to 16.1-279.1 or subsection B of 20-103 granting such tenant possession of the premises to the exclusion of one or more co-tenants or authorized occupants may provide the landlord with a copy of that court order and request that the landlord either (i) install a new lock or other security devices on the exterior doors of the dwelling unit at the landlord's actual cost or (ii) permit the tenant to do so, provided: installation of the new lock or security devices does no permanent damage to any part of the dwelling unit and a duplicate copy of all keys and instructions of how to operate all devices are given to the landlord. The bill further provides that upon termination of the tenancy, the tenant shall be responsible for payment to the landlord of the reasonable costs incurred for the removal of all such devices installed and repairs to all damaged areas. A landlord who has received a copy of a court order in accordance with subsection A is prohibited from providing copies of any keys to the dwelling unit to any person excluded from the premises by such order. The bill provides that it shall not apply when the court order excluding a person was issued ex parte. The bill amends the general law governing landlords and tenants as well as the Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. The goal of the bill is to protect victims of domestic abuse. This bill is identical to HB 2448.

Full text:
01/10/05  Senate: Prefiled & ordered printed; offered 01/12/05 056028744  pdf
03/07/05  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB858ER)  pdf
04/04/05  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0735)  pdf

Status:
01/10/05  Senate: Prefiled & ordered printed; offered 01/12/05 056028744
01/10/05  Senate: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/05  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N)
01/21/05  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
01/21/05  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (38-Y 0-N)
01/24/05  Senate: Read second time and engrossed
01/25/05  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (38-Y 0-N)
01/25/05  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (38-Y 0-N)
01/25/05  Senate: Communicated to House
02/08/05  House: Placed on Calendar
02/08/05  House: Read first time
02/08/05  House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/09/05  House: Assigned to General Laws sub-committee: Subcommittee #1...
02/17/05  House: Reported from General Laws (21-Y 0-N)
02/21/05  House: Read second time
02/22/05  House: Read third time
02/22/05  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/22/05  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
03/07/05  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB858ER)
03/09/05  Senate: Enrolled
03/09/05  House: Signed by Speaker
03/11/05  Senate: Signed by President
03/26/05  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 735 (effective 7/1/05)
04/04/05  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0735)