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February Session, 2010

LCO No. 4295



Offered by:


REP. FLEXER, 44th Dist.

REP. FOX, 146th Dist.

REP. WALKER, 93rd Dist.

REP. JARMOC, 59th Dist.

REP. MEGNA, 97th Dist.

REP. CHAPIN, 67th Dist.

REP. CARSON, 108th Dist.

REP. WOOD, 141st Dist.

SEN. STILLMAN, 20th Dist.

REP. MCCLUSKEY, 20th Dist.

REP. GENTILE, 104th Dist.

REP. OLSON, 46th Dist.

SEN. COLEMAN, 2nd Dist.

SEN. HANDLEY, 4th Dist.

SEN. MAYNARD, 18th Dist.

SEN. MUSTO, 22nd Dist.

SEN. GOMES, 23rd Dist.

SEN. PRAGUE, 19th Dist.

REP. LAWLOR, 99th Dist.


REP. ROJAS, 9th Dist.

REP. BARAM, 15th Dist.


REP. CONROY, 105th Dist.

REP. LESSER, 100th Dist.

To: Subst. House Bill No. 5246

File No. 314

Cal. No. 169

Strike section 2 and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2010) (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of chapters 830 and 831 of the general statutes, for rental agreements entered into or renewed after December 31, 2010, any tenant who (1) is a victim of family violence, as defined in section 46b-38a of the general statutes, and (2) reasonably believes it is necessary to vacate the dwelling unit due to a fear for the tenant's or the tenant's child's personal safety because of family violence, may terminate the rental agreement for the dwelling unit that the tenant occupies without penalty or liability for the remaining term of the rental agreement upon giving not less than thirty calendar days' written notice to the landlord of such dwelling unit. Such notice shall include: (A) A statement that the tenant is a victim of family violence; (B) a statement that the tenant intends to terminate the rental agreement and the date of such intended termination; and (C) a copy of a police or court record related to the family violence or a signed written statement that the tenant or the tenant's child is a victim of family violence, provided such statement is from an employee or agent of a victim services organization, an employee of the Office of Victim Services within the Judicial Department or the Office of the Victim Advocate, or a medical or other licensed professional from whom the tenant or the tenant's child has sought assistance with respect to family violence.

(b) The tenant's termination of the rental agreement pursuant to this section shall not relieve the tenant from liability to the landlord for any rent arrearage incurred prior to such termination of the rental agreement or from liability to the landlord for property damage caused by the tenant.

(c) The landlord may bring an action in the Superior Court for injunctive relief to prevent the termination of the rental agreement if the requirements set forth in subsection (a) of this section for such termination have not been satisfied. "

Strike sections 3, 4, 5 and 6 in their entirety and renumber the remaining sections and internal references accordingly

Strike section 7 in its entirety and insert the following in lieu thereof:

"Sec. 3. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2010) Not later than June 30, 2012, the Commissioner of Public Health shall, within available appropriations, develop one public service announcement to be issued by the Department of Public Health through television broadcast for the purpose of preventing teen dating violence and family violence, as defined in section 46b-38a of the general statutes. The commissioner may apply for public or private grants for the purpose of issuing such public service announcement. "

Change the effective date of section 8 to "Effective October 1, 2010"

In line 140, strike "sections 2, 3 and 5" and insert "section 2" in lieu thereof