Association Health Plans
The Virginia REALTORS® is seeking legislation to allow associations to work with insurance providers in Virginia and establish health insurance plans that they can offer to members of their association.
- SB 235 – Sen. George Barker – A substitute bill passed the House 91-3 on 2/21. The original bill passed the Senate 40-0 on 1/28. SB 235 needs to be amended in a Committee of Conference before final passage.
- HB 795 – Del. Chris Hurst – A substitute bill passed the Senate 40-0 on 2/20. The original bill passed the House 99-0 on 2/3. HB 795 needs to be amended in a Committee of Conference before final passage.
Rent Money Into Escrow
The Virginia REALTORS® seek legislation to clarify a perceived discrepancy between escrow law and regulations. This legislation will require all rent monies, including current rent, to be deposited into an escrow account. This clarification ensures that all rent monies are deposited into escrow instead of operating accounts and will therefore provide additional protection for consumer funds.
- SB 653 – Sen. Jennifer Boysko – Reported from House General Laws 21-0 on 2/20. Passed the full Senate 40-0 on 1/28.
Security Deposit Disbursement
The Virginia REALTORS® seek legislation to clarify that the 45-day time period for returning a security deposit to a tenant starts running from the date of the termination of the tenancy or the date the tenant vacates the unit, whichever occurs last. This clarification will ensure that landlords and tenants are working with the same expectations.
- SB 388 – Sen. Jeremy McPike – Reported from House General Laws 21-0 on 2/20. Passed the full Senate 40-0 on 1/21.
- HB 594 – Del. Jeff Bourne – Reported from Senate General Laws 12-0 on 2/19. Passed the full House 99-0 on 2/7.
Death or Disability of Broker
The Virginia REALTORS® seek legislation to clarify that upon the death or disability of a real estate broker who was a sole proprietor or the only licensed broker in any business entity, the real estate board can approve someone to close out the business. Previously, the law did not include LLCs in the list of business entities which implied that if a broker was the only licensed broker in an LLC, the VREB could not appoint someone to conclude the business.
- HB 513 – Del. David Bulova – Reported from Senate General Laws 12-0 on 2/19. Passed the full House 99-0 on 2/7.
POA/Condo Act Extension for Right of Recission
The Virginia REALTORS® seek legislation that would allow parties to a transaction for a property located in a POA or Condo association to agree to extend the three-day right of recission for up to an additional
4 days. Currently, the statute prohibits the parties from changing the three-day period, even if all the parties agree. This can be burdensome for parties with scheduling difficulties or where additional information is needed before the transaction can move forward. Limiting the extension to 4 days provides extra time, if needed, but still allows for certainty of contract.
- HB 176 – Del. Marcus Simon – Passed the House 99-0 and the Senate 40-0. It will be sent to the Governor for his consideration.
- SB 672 – Sen. Monty Mason – The substitute bill passed the House 98-0 on 2/21. The original bill passed the Senate 40-0. The Senate needs to adopt the new House substitute version before it can pass.
Removal of Restrictive Covenants
The Virginia REALTORS® seek legislation to remove discriminatory restrictive covenant language that would violate fair housing law from real property title and deeds. Current law already declares such
language void and contrary to the public policy of the Commonwealth. This legislation would require all deeds executed in any residential real estate transaction to remove this offensive language that can affect property values and delay or prevent the sale of real property.
- HB 788 – Del. Lamont Bagby – Reported from Senate General Laws 15-0 on 2/19. Passed the full House 99-0 on 2/5.