Bill Summary

The law does not currently adequately address the situations that arise when the sole tenant of a residential rental unit dies. This bill provides access to the rental unit by the next of kin or personal representative, who has received valid documentation issued by the Register of Wills, for the purpose of removing the personal possessions from the decedent’s residential rental unit. It allows the landlord to file and maintain an action for summary possession as necessary. In addition, this bill adds a new section to Title 25 to address the procedure for how a landlord may regain possession of the residential rental unit, which, depending on the circumstances, may or may not necessitate the need for a summary proceeding. Finally, the new section permits a landlord to bring a debt action for monies due and protects the estate’s interest in any security deposit held by the landlord.

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Bill Text

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Date Action Vote Document
2013-06-06House Third ReadingYea: 38 No: 0 Other: 3Document
2013-06-27Senate Third ReadingYea: 18 No: 3 Other: 0Document


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Bill History

Date Action
2013-06-30Signed by Governor
2013-06-27Passed by Senate. Votes: Passed 18 YES 3 NO 0 NOT VOTING 0 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2013-06-27Necessary rules are suspended in Senate
2013-06-19Reported Out of Committee (COMMUNITY/COUNTY AFFAIRS) in Senate with 4 On Its Merits
2013-06-06Assigned to Community/County Affairs Committee in Senate
2013-06-06Passed by House of Representatives. Votes: Passed 38 YES 0 NO 0 NOT VOTING 3 ABSENT 0 VACANT
2013-06-05Reported Out of Committee (HOUSING & COMMUNITY AFFAIRS) in House with 6 On Its Merits
2013-06-04Introduced and Assigned to Housing & Community Affairs Committee in House


Name District
Gerald BradyHD-004
Harris McDowellSD-001
Andria BennettHD-032
Stephanie BoldenHD-002
Michael RamoneHD-021
Jeffrey SpiegelmanHD-011
Kimberly WilliamsHD-019