Bill Summary

Property; landlord and tenant; noncompliance as defense to action for possession for nonpayment of rent. Removes provisions limiting the discretion of the court in actions for possession based upon nonpayment of rent and actions for rent by a landlord when the tenant is in possession. The bill simplifies the law; stating only that, in such cases, a tenant may assert as a defense the landlord’s violation of his duty to maintain a fit and habitable premises.

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Bill Text

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Date Action Vote Document
2020-02-05Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (9-Y 6-N)Yea: 9 No: 6 Other: 0Document
2020-02-07Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)Yea: 37 No: 0 Other: 0Document


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Bill History

Date Action
2020-02-11Left in General Laws and Technology
2020-02-10Pursuant to Senate rule 20(g)
2020-02-10Recommitted to General Laws and Technology
2020-02-10Motion to recommit to committee agreed to
2020-02-10Read second time
2020-02-07Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N)
2020-02-05Committee substitute printed 20107053D-S1
2020-02-05Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (9-Y 6-N)
2020-01-08Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
2020-01-08Presented and ordered printed 20103576D


Name District
William StanleySD-020
Mamie LockeSD-002
Jennifer McClellanSD-009