Lawmakers pass bills addressing eviction rates in Virginia


RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — A handful of bills designed to address high eviction rates and unaffordable housing in Virginia are closer to becoming law.

The Virginia House and Senate passed four bills — House bills 2229, 2054, 1681, and Senate bill 1448 — that seek to address the issues.

According to a Princeton study, five of the top 10 cities in the country for people getting kicked out of their homes are in Hampton Roads.

The bills passed in the General Assembly include several measures, such as allowing local governments to waive fees for developers building affordable housing.

Property owners would also be required to sign written rental agreements with tenants. 

“Every Virginian deserves a safe place to call home,” said Del. Lamont Bagby. “By supporting more affordable housing, we can address the devastating impacts of Virginia’s high eviction rates.”

The bills now go to Gov. Ralph Northam for his approval.

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