Public Comment at DHCD Until June 10 - Tenants' Statement of Rights and Responsibilities
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Posted by: Tommy Herbert
The public comment period is now open for the draft Statement of Tenants’ Rights and Responsibilities and the draft Acknowledgement Form that were mandated by 2020’s HB393 and SB707. These forms are up on the website for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and will remain open for public comment through June 10, 2020.
Starting July 1, this statement must be provided to all lessees, and both parties to the lease must sign the acknowledgment form to confirm receipt. Failure to provide this information to lessees will result in a property owner not being able to maintain an action against a resident in court until they’ve been provided that statement. For existing lessees, provision of the statement alone is acceptable.
All comments on these forms should be sent directly to:
Kristen Dahlman, Senior Policy Analyst
By mail at:
600 East Main St, Ste 300
Richmond, VA 23219
VAMA worked alongside DHCD and a broad group of housing stakeholders to come up with these drafts, and we appreciate member involvement to make sure that they are in the best shape they can be when finalized.
It would be great if every resident actually read their lease, but we know that is wishful thinking. Hopefully with this plain-language statement of the law, we can come one step closer to making sure our residents know what they can expect, and what is expected of them.