2019 Session Bills
Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices; sexual orientation and gender identity. Adds discrimination on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity as an unlawful housing practice. The bill defines "sexual orientation" and "gender identity."
Board for Barbers and Cosmetology; license by endorsement; issuance of licenses to spouses of military service members.Requires the Board for Barbers and Cosmetology (the Board) to issue a license to practice as a barber, cosmetologist, nail technician, or wax technician to any applicant who holds a similar license or certification issued by another state, provided that (i) the license or certificate is valid, (ii) the applicant is in good standing with the regulatory entity that issued the license or certification, and (iii) either (a) the training and examination requirements for such license or certificate are comparable to the training and examination requirements prescribed by the Board or (b) the applicant possesses at least five years of experience working in a licensed barbershop, cosmetology salon, nail salon, or waxing salon, as applicable. Additionally, the bill requires the Board to issue a license to practice as a barber, cosmetologist, nail technician, or wax technician to any applicant whose spouse is the subject of a military transfer to the Commonwealth, who accompanies the applicant's spouse to Virginia, and who holds a similar license or certification issued by another state, provided that the license or certificate is valid and the applicant is in good standing with the regulatory entity that issued the license or certification. The bill provides that any such applicants shall not be required to complete any additional training or examination requirements to be issued a license by the Board and that reciprocity with another state from which such applicants hold licenses or certifications is not required.
Adult education programs; year-round operation. Requires year-round operation of adult education programs by local school divisions.
Stormwater management facilities; private residential lots; disclosure. Directs the State Water Control Board to adopt regulations requiring any local stormwater management authority that requires a residential landowner to maintain a stormwater management facility on his property to record with the deed for the property a statement of the specifications and requirements and a schedule of audits of the facility. The bill requires the seller of any property with such a facility to disclose the specifications, requirements, and schedule of audits to a purchaser of the property.
Virginia Property Owners' Association Act; rights of lot owners. Requires a property owners' association to provide the count and final outcome of a vote on any matter requiring a vote by the association's membership to any lot owner who requests such information. This bill is a recommendation of the Virginia Housing Commission.
Barbers and cosmetologists; exemptions; threading. Exempts persons whose activities are confined solely to removing unwanted hair by the use of string or thread from being required to obtain an occupational license.
Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act; Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; disclosure of special flood hazard area to prospective purchaser or renter. Requires the owner of residential real property who has actual knowledge that the property is located in one or more special flood hazard areas to provide a written disclosure when selling the property. Under current law, the owner is required to advise the buyer to exercise due diligence prior to purchasing the property. The bill also requires landlords who have actual knowledge that the residential dwelling unit is on property that is located in a special flood hazard area to disclose that information to the prospective tenant. If a tenant is not provided disclosure within 60 days of discovery that the residential dwelling unit is on property that is located in a special flood hazard area, he may terminate the lease.
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation; powers of Real Estate Board; active duty military spouses; license reciprocity. Requires the Real Estate Board to issue a real estate license to any applicant whose spouse is the subject of a military transfer to the Commonwealth, who accompanies such spouse to the Commonwealth, and who holds a similar license or certification issued by another state, provided that the license or certification is valid and the applicant is in good standing with the regulatory entity that issued the license or certification. The bill provides that any such applicants shall not be required to complete any additional training or examination requirements to be issued a license by the Board.
Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act; required disclosures for buyer to beware; impounding structures or dams. Adds an additional required disclosure statement for the buyer to beware in regards to the condition or regulatory status of an impounding structure or dam either on the property or under the ownership of the homeowners association to which the owner of the property is required to join.
Town Hall Presentation - 3/11/19
Please click the icon above to view the PDF of our powerpoint from our 3-11-19 Town Hall at the Joint Use Library in Virginia Beach. Feel free to reach out to our office if you have any questions!