With thousands of eviction cases sitting in Virginia’s courts and many more likely on the way, lawmakers are attempting to enact a suite of legislation that would prevent evictions or minimize the damage brought on in their wake.

The economic fallout of COVID-19 has amplified Virginia’s eviction crisis, leaving lawmakers to negotiate a solution that would keep both tenants and landlords from going under. Members of the House and Senate have proposed rules mandating payment agreements, but they’re not entirely on the same page.

Housing markets in Virginia are on the mend, but the road ahead is still unclear for renters struggling to recover from the economic devastation of COVID-19. That’s one takeaway lawmakers heard at a Virginia Housing Commission meeting Wednesday.

Housing advocates in Virginia are celebrating landmark anti-discrimination laws that took effect July 1st. One prohibits landlords from turning away renters based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. And another could help deconcentrate poverty and racial segregation.

Many of Virginia’s courts will resume hearing non-emergency cases on Monday… that includes eviction lawsuits. With judges facing a backlog of cases, tenants and legal advocates are bracing for what’s to come.