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Substitute Bill No. 6398

    January Session, 2013

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING A SAFE HAVEN FROM EVICTION FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED TENANTS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) (a) For purposes of this section: (1) "Senior citizen" means a person who is sixty-two years of age or older; (2) "disabled person" means a person with a disability, as defined in 42 USC 12102, as amended from time to time; and (3) "good cause" means: (A) Nonpayment of rent; (B) refusal to agree to a fair and equitable rent increase, as determined by the factors provided in section 7-148c of the general statutes; (C) material noncompliance with section 47a-11 of the general statutes, which materially affects the health and safety of the other tenants or which materially affects the physical condition of the premises; (D) voiding of the rental agreement pursuant to section 47a-31 of the general statutes, or material noncompliance with the rental agreement; (E) material noncompliance with the rules and regulations of the landlord adopted in accordance with section 47a-9 of the general statutes; (F) permanent removal by the landlord of the dwelling unit of such tenant from the housing market; or (G) bona fide intention by the landlord to use such dwelling unit as his principal residence.

(b) No housing authority, community housing development corporation or other corporation approved by the Commissioner of Social Services, the Commissioner of Housing or the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development for state financial assistance to provide public housing for senior citizens and disabled persons under the provisions of part VI or VII of chapter 128 of the general statutes may bring an action of summary process or other action to dispossess a tenant who is a senior citizen or disabled person or is a tenant residing with a parent, grandparent, spouse or sibling who is a senior citizen or disabled person, except for good cause. Notice of such summary process or other action to such tenant shall include information provided pursuant to subsection (c) of this section.

(c) Not later than October 1, 2013, the Commissioner on Aging and the Commissioner of Housing shall compile a list of services and programs designed to assist senior citizens and disabled persons who are tenants to avert homelessness in the event of a summary process or other action. The commissioners shall distribute such list to any housing authority, community housing development corporation or other corporation approved by the Commissioner of Social Services, the Commissioner of Housing or the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development for state financial assistance to provide public housing for senior citizens and disabled persons under the provisions of part VI or VII of chapter 128 of the general statutes.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

AGE

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

The language of the bill was made a new section for codification purposes.