2016 Title Recodifications

Recodification of Title 55: Property and Conveyances

Pursuant to § 30-152 of the Code of Virginia, the Virginia Code Commission voted to revise Title 55, Property and Conveyances, as part of its work plan. An advisory panel of practitioners experienced in this area will assist the Commission with this title recodification. The final report is expected to be released in 2018. It is anticipated that legislation enacting new Title 55.1 will be introduced at the 2019 General Assembly Session.

As the Commission's work progresses on this recodification, related materials will be posted on this page.

comment icon Comments on the recodification of Title 55 may be directed to Kristen Walsh, Britt Olwine, or Amigo Wade, Virginia Division of Legislative Services, Pocahontas Building, 10th Floor, 900 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219, telephone (804) 698-1810.


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Subtitle I: Property Conveyances
Organizational outline (reviewed 8/14/2017)
Creation and Limitation of Estates (reviewed 10/16/2017 &  11/20/2017)
Property Rights of Married Persons (reviewed 11/20/2017)
Form and Effect of Deeds and Covenants; Liens (reviewed 10/16/2017)
Fraudulent and Voluntary Conveyances; Writings Necessary to be Recorded (reviewed 10/16/2017)
Commutation and Valuation of Certain Estates and Interests (reviewed 8/14/2017)

Subtitle II: Real Estate Settlements and Recordation
Recordation of Documents (reviewed 11/20/2017)
Virginia Residential Property Disclosure Act (reviewed 11/20/2017)
Exchange Facilitators Act (reviewed 11/20/2017)
Real Estate Settlements (reviewed 11/20/2017)
Real Estate Settlement Agents (reviewed 11/20/2017)
Commercial Real Estate Broker's Lien Act (reviewed 11/20/2017)

Subtitle III: Rental Conveyances
The division of Subtitle III into Parts A and B is no longer necessary due to the reorganization of the provisions regarding residential tenancies.

Due to legislative changes in 2017 and 2018, the three chapters of proposed Part A-Residential Tenancies have been consolidated into a single chapter containing all of the provisions relating to residential rental tenancies under the title "Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act." No changes were made to the text previously approved: General Provisions (reviewed 9/19/2016 & 10/17/2016)
Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (reviewed 10/17/2016)
Other Residential Tenancies (reviewed 10/17/2016)

Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act" (reviewed 8/6/2018) 

Manufactured Home Lot Rental Act (reviewed  8/6/2018)
Residential Ground Rent Act (reviewed 10/17/2016)
Nonresidential Tenancies
(reviewed 11/21/2016  & 8/6/2108)
Deeds of Lease (reviewed 10/17/2016)
Emblements (reviewed 10/17/2016)

Subtitle IV: Common Interest Communities
Property Owners' Association Act (reviewed  6/26/2017)
Virginia Condominium Act (reviewed 6/26/2017)
Horizontal Property Act (reviewed 5/15/2017)
Virginia Real Estate Cooperative Act (reviewed 6/26/2017)
Virginia Real Estate Time-Share Act (reviewed 8/14/2017)
Subdivided Land Sales Act (reviewed 5/15/2017)

Subtitle V: Miscellaneous (reviewed 5/7/2018 & 6/18/2018)
Escheats Generally
Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act
Property Loaned to Museums
Drift Property
Trespasses; Fences
Self-Service Storage Act

Sections to be Relocated Outside of Title 55
Common Interest Community Management Information Fund; Common Interest Community Ombudsman; Common Interest Community Management Recovery Fund (reviewed 5/15/2017)
Mineral Rights (reviewed 10/16/2017)
Chapters or Sections Relocated to other Titles (reviewed 6/18/2018)