Expiration of Nonpayment Eviction Protection in Virginia

A number of protections for Tenants in nonpayment eviction cases are set to expire in Virginia.

Full protections as imposed by the Virginia General Assembly during the COVID-19 state of emergency will remain in place until midnight on May 15, 2022.

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development‘s Rent Relief Program closed its application portal to new applications at 11:59 p.m., May 15. 2022.

From May 16, 2022 through June 30, 2022, Landlords will still be required to serve a written notice on the tenant that informs the tenant of the Virginia Rent Relief Program and provides the statewide phone number and website address for the program and information on how to reach Virginia 2-1-1, which is a free service that helps connect residents with local resources.

Through June 30, 2022, landlords are also still required to offer a payment plan to tenants who fall behind on their rent obligations.  This requirement expires July 1.

Additionally, through June 30, 2022, all landlords must provide 14 days for tenants to pay late rent after pay or quit notice is served.  However, come July 1, the law will revert back to the traditional 5 day pay or quit that was required prior to the COVID-19 state of emergency.

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