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Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; notice of termination to contain legal services.

Provides that no notice of termination of tenancy served upon any residential tenant is effective unless it contains on its first page, in type no smaller or less legible than that otherwise used in the body of the notice, the name, address, and telephone number of the legal services program, if any, serving the jurisdiction in which the premises is located. Under current law, this requirement is only applicable to a public housing authority organized under the Housing Authorities Law. The bill also requires that such information be provided in English and Spanish.

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01/01/2020 House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104152D Open

            

2020 SESSION

    20104152D
    HOUSE BILL NO. 329
    Offered January 8, 2020
    Prefiled January 1, 2020
    A BILL to amend and reenact � 55.1-1202 of the Code of Virginia, relating to Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; notice of termination to contain legal services contact information.
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    Patron-- Levine
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    Referred to Committee on General Laws
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    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

    1. That � 55.1-1202 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

    55.1-1202. Notice.

    A. If the rental agreement so provides, the landlord and tenant may send notices in electronic form; however, any tenant who so requests may elect to send and receive notices in paper form. If electronic delivery is used, the sender shall retain sufficient proof of the electronic delivery, which may be an electronic receipt of delivery, a confirmation that the notice was sent by facsimile, or a certificate of service prepared by the sender confirming the electronic delivery.

    B. In the case of the landlord, notice is served on the landlord at his place of business where the rental agreement was made or at any place held out by the landlord as the place for receipt of the communication.

    In the case of the tenant, notice is served at the tenants last known place of residence, which may be the dwelling unit.

    C. Notice, knowledge, or a notice or notification received by an organization is effective for a particular transaction from the time it is brought to the attention of the person conducting that transaction, or from the time it would have been brought to his attention if the organization had exercised reasonable diligence.

    D. No notice of termination of tenancy served upon a tenant by a public housing authority organized under the Housing Authorities Law (� 36-1 et seq.) shall be effective unless it contains on its first page, in type no smaller or less legible than that otherwise used in the body of the notice, the name, address, and telephone number of the legal services program, if any, serving the jurisdiction in which the premises is located. Such information shall be provided in both English and Spanish.

    E. The landlord may, in accordance with a written agreement, delegate to a managing agent or other third party the responsibility of providing any written notice under this chapter. The landlord may also engage an attorney at law to prepare or provide any written notice under this chapter or legal process under Title 8.01. Nothing herein shall be construed to preclude use of an electronic signature as defined in � 59.1-480, or an electronic notarization as defined in � 47.1-2, in any written notice under this chapter or legal process under Title 8.01.

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    Mark H. Levine D-Richmond Sponsor
    Date Branch Action
    01/15/2020 House House: Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
    01/01/2020 House House: Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104152D
    01/01/2020 House House: Referred to Committee on General Laws
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    Provides that no notice of termination of tenancy served upon any residential tenant is effective unless it contains on its first page, in type no smaller or less legible than that otherwise used in the body of the notice, the name, address, and telephone number of the legal services program, if any, serving the jurisdiction in which the premises is located. Under current law, this requirement is only applicable to a public housing authority organized under the Housing Authorities L
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    1-1202 of the Code of Virginia, relating to Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; notice of termination to contain legal services contact information


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