In Virginia, if a tenant is late on their rent their landlord must only give them 5 days to pay or get out of their home. After the 5 days, the landlord can sue the tenant in court seeking to evict them. There are no guaranteed extensions or second chances before the court process starts. HB 1889 gives tenants more time to pay rent and stay housed. It extends the deadline for a tenant to pay or leave the home from 5 to 14 days and requires that larger landlords offer tenants a payment plans before evicting them for late rent.
These protections were enacted during a special session last fall but will only be in place until July 2021. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic Virginia was facing an eviction crisis that disproportionately hurt low-income Black and Brown communities even before the pandemic. The pandemic has only deepened that crisis. We need these protections made permanent so that tenant families in Virginia stay out of debt and have a better chance at stable housing.
Virginia’s House of Delegates has already passed HB1889. Virginia’s Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology will now consider the bill.
Please fill out the form below to contact Senators on that committee and ask them to take this important step to protect tenants.