Eviction Protections in Virginia Extended Again

As of August 11, 2021, Governor Northam signed a new budget bill that extends eviction protections for tenants until June 30, 2022.  Several elements of the protections had previously expired.

The new budget bill reinstitutes the following conditions:

In order to evict a tenant based solely upon the non-payment of rent, the landlord must first:

  • Give tenant a 14-day nonpayment notice informing tenant about the Rent Relief Program (RRP), and
  • During the 14-day period, apply for RRP on the tenant’s behalf unless the tenant pays in full, enters a payment plan, or tenant already has applied for RRP

The Rent Relief Program website can be found here:


The Landlord will not be able to evict the tenant unless:

  • The tenant is found not eligible for RRP
  • The tenant refuses to cooperate with the RRP application
  • RRP has not approved the application in writing within 45 days
  • For any subsequent application, RRP has not approved the application in writing within 14 days, or RRP runs out of money

If the tenant is complying with a written payment plan, the landlord may take no action to get possession or evict for nonpayment of rent

If you have questions about law changes that effect your rights as a landlord or as a tenant, please contact the attorneys of Winslow, McCurry & MacCormac PLLC at (804)423-1382 or email us at info@wmmlegal.com.  We would like to help.