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These resources – like the public health crisis itself – are constantly evolving and are only current as to the date of publication. This page was last updated on September 9, 2020.

For more up-to-date information on the relief programs available in Virginia, we recommend that you visit the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Virginia portal, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce's State Resources list or the USDA's COVID-19 Waivers & Flexibilities for Virginia.

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Description of Program and Relief

Housing Resources and Eviction Protections

Governor Northam announced new housing resources, including StayHomeVirginia.com, a website to help Virginia renters, homeowners, landlords, and the homeless navigate housing programs, services, and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Governor Northam signed two bills providing relief to tenants and mortgage holders:

  • House Bill 1420 caps late fees at 10 percent of the periodic rent or 10 percent of the remaining balance due, whichever is lesser.  This new law allows charges only on the amount due and sets a maximum late fee percentage.

    • House Bill 340 delays rental evictions or mortgage foreclosures for individuals who are not currently covered under the protections offered through the federal CARES Act or under state and local protections. Under this new law, a tenant may receive a 60-day continuance of an eviction proceeding from a court if the tenant appears in court and provides written evidence that the tenant is not receiving payments or wages due to the state of emergency declared by Governor Northam. Additionally, homeowners or landlords that rent one, four, or multifamily units in the Commonwealth can pause a foreclosure proceeding for 30 days if the homeowner or landlord provides their lender with written evidence of a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Government or Lead Agency

    Office of the Virginia Governor

    Virginia Housing Development Authority

    Dates Available

    Available now

    Eligibility Requirements/Restrictions

    N/A

    Application Deadlines (If Applicable)

    N/A

    Contact for More Information

    Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov

    Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development: Amanda Love, Amanda.Love@dhcd.virginia.gov, (804) 371-7006

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