Unlawful detainer; appeal bond. (SB1626)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), and Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Unlawful detainer; appeal bond. Provides that for an appeal in an unlawful detainer case, the defendant shall post an appeal bond into the general district court in the amount of outstanding rent, late charges, attorney fees, and any other charges or damages due, as contracted for in the rental agreement, due as of the date the appeal is filed with the court. Once the appeal is perfected, the defendant shall pay the rental amount as contracted for to the plaintiff on or before the fifth day of each month. The bill provides that if such amount is not paid, the judge, upon motion of the plaintiff, shall enter judgment for the outstanding amounts due and an order of possession without further hearings. As introduced, this bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Commission. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19104032D
01/09/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/30/2019Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Read second time
02/04/2019Reading of amendment waived
02/04/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/04/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1626E
02/04/2019Printed as engrossed 19104032D-E
02/04/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Placed on Calendar
02/06/2019Read first time
02/06/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2019Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #2
02/13/2019Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/15/2019Reported from Courts of Justice (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2019Read second time
02/20/2019Read third time
02/20/2019Passed House (94-Y 5-N)
02/20/2019VOTE: PASSAGE (94-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2019Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1626ER)
02/23/2019Signed by President
02/23/2019Signed by Speaker
03/04/2019Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 4, 2019
03/04/2019G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 26, 2019
03/21/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 785 (effective 7/1/19)
03/22/2019G Approved by Governor-Chapter 785 (effective 7/1/19)
03/22/2019G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0785)