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Landlord Legislation in Connecticut

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CT HB06528 An Act Concerning The Sealing Of Eviction Records.

Introduced Session

2021 General Assembly

Summary
To prohibit landlords from considering the prior eviction records of prospective tenants.
Sponsors
Housing Committee David Michel Roland Lemar
Last Action
File Number 170
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2021-hb06528/

CT HB06437 An Act Requiring Landlords To Notify Tenants Of Foreclosure Proceedings.

Introduced Session

2021 General Assembly

Summary
To require landlords to notify prospective and current tenants of foreclosure proceedings and to permit tenants to seek court appointment of a receiver upon receiving such notice.
Sponsors
Housing Committee Joseph Gresko Michael Digiovancarlo
Last Action
File Number 136
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2021-hb06437/

CT SB00087 An Act Concerning Certain Protections For Group And Family Child Care Homes.

Introduced Session

2021 General Assembly

Summary
To clarify and enforce protections for licensed group child care homes and licensed family child care homes and prevent landlords from placing restrictions on the operation of such homes.
Sponsors
Housing Committee Saud Anwar Robin Comey
Last Action
File Number 181
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2021-sb00087/

CT SB00355 An Act Concerning A Landlord’s Ability To Consider The Criminal Record Of Prospective Tenants.

Introduced Session

2021 General Assembly

Summary
To require the Commissioner of Housing to adopt regulations concerning a limited time period for which a landlord may consider the criminal record of a prospective tenant.
Sponsors
Housing Committee Martin Looney
Last Action
File Number 107
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2021-sb00355/

CT SB00944 An Act Concerning Storage Of A Tenant’s Possessions And Use And Occupancy Payments.

Introduced Session

2021 General Assembly

Summary
To permit landlords to dispose of an evicted or deceased tenant's personal possessions and collect occupancy and use payments.
Sponsors
Housing Committee
Last Action
Public Hearing 03/04
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2021-sb00944/

CT SB00882 An Act Concerning Climate Change Mitigation And Home Energy Affordability.

Introduced Session

2021 General Assembly

Summary
To implement the Governor's budget recommendations.
Sponsors
Bobby Gibson Joshua Elliott David Michel Geraldo Reyes Joshua Hall Travis Simms Mary Mushinsky
Last Action
Referred to Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis 04/06/21 10:00 AM
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2021-sb00882/

CT HB06433 An Act Concerning Inspections Of Rental Property Prior To Occupancy Or Termination And Late Rental Payments.

Introduced Session

2021 General Assembly

Summary
To permit tenants to request an inspection of rental property prior to occupancy and after notice of termination of a tenancy, to cap late fees for rental payments and to create a Rental Housing Ombudsman within the Department of Housing.
Sponsors
Housing Committee Geraldo Reyes
Last Action
File Number 135
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2021-hb06433/

CT HB06612 An Act Concerning Protections For Family Child Care Homes And The Zoning Enabling Act.

Introduced Session

2021 General Assembly

Summary
To (1) clarify and enforce protections for licensed family child care homes and prevent landlords and certain homeowners associations from placing restrictions on the operation of such homes, and (2) reorganize the zoning enabling act.
Sponsors
Planning and Development Committee
Last Action
Public Hearing 03/15
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2021-hb06612/

CT SB00048 An Act Concerning Additional Housing Protections For Victims Of Family Violence Or Sexual Assault.

Introduced Session

2021 General Assembly

Summary
To allow a person who has a valid order of protection to request that such person's landlord change the locks to the person's dwelling unit or permit such person to change the locks.
Sponsors
Housing Committee Saud Anwar Michael Winkler Jillian Gilchrest Christine Palm Antonio Felipe David Michel Aimee Berger-Girvalo Jason Doucette Kate Farrar
Last Action
Referred to Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis 03/29/21 10:00 AM
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2021-sb00048/

CT HB06531 An Act Concerning The Right To Counsel In Eviction Proceedings.

Introduced Session

2021 General Assembly

Summary
To establish a right to counsel in eviction proceedings.
Sponsors
Housing Committee David Michel Saud Anwar Jillian Gilchrest Michael Winkler Roland Lemar Brandon McGee
Last Action
File Number 172
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2021-hb06531/

CT HB06354 An Act Concerning The Renters’ Rebate Program For Senior Citizens And Persons With Disabilities.

Introduced Session

2021 General Assembly

Summary
To reduce obstacles for senior citizens and persons with disabilities to apply for rental assistance.
Sponsors
Aging Committee Alphonse Paolillo Michael Digiovancarlo Patricia Dillon Michael Winkler
Last Action
File Number 10
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2021-hb06354/

CT HB05126 An Act Concerning Inspections Of Rental Property Prior To Occupancy Or Termination, Late Rental Payments And Designation Of A Rental Housing Ombudsman.

Introduced Session

2020 General Assembly

Summary
To permit tenants to request an inspection of rental property prior to occupancy and after notice of termination of a tenancy, to cap late fees for rental payments and to create a Rental Housing Ombudsman within the Department of Housing.
Sponsors
Housing Committee Michael Winkler
Last Action
Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2020-hb05126/

CT SB00263 An Act Allowing An Emergency Contact Access To A Dwelling Unit Without The Tenant’s Consent Under Certain Circumstances.

Introduced Session

2020 General Assembly

Summary
To allow a person designated as an emergency contact of a tenant of a dwelling unit to access the unit under certain circumstances.
Sponsors
Public Safety and Security Committee
Last Action
Public Hearing 03/05
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2020-sb00263/

CT HB05124 An Act Requiring Landlords To Notify Tenants Of Foreclosure Proceedings.

Introduced Session

2020 General Assembly

Summary
To require landlords to notify prospective and current tenants of foreclosure proceedings and to permit tenants to seek court appointment of a receiver upon receiving such notice.
Sponsors
Housing Committee Joseph Gresko
Last Action
Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2020-hb05124/

CT HB05245 An Act Increasing The Permissible Amount Of Security Deposit A Landlord May Charge.

Introduced Session

2020 General Assembly

Summary
To permit a landlord to require a tenant pay a security deposit of up to three months' rent.
Sponsors
Housing Committee
Last Action
Public Hearing 02/27
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2020-hb05245/

CT SB00105 An Act Establishing A Right To Housing.

Introduced Session

2020 General Assembly

Summary
To establish a right to housing for all residents of the state.
Sponsors
Housing Committee
Last Action
Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2020-sb00105/

CT HB05244 An Act Concerning Additional Housing Protections For A Victim Of Family Violence Or Sexual Assault.

Introduced Session

2020 General Assembly

Summary
To allow a person who has a valid order of protection to request that such person's landlord change the locks to the person's dwelling unit.
Sponsors
Housing Committee Geraldo Reyes Tony Hwang Saud Anwar
Last Action
Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2020-hb05244/

CT SB00109 An Act Concerning A Landlord’s Ability To Consider The Criminal Record Of Prospective Tenants.

Introduced Session

2020 General Assembly

Summary
To require the Commissioner of Housing to adopt regulations concerning a limited time period for which a landlord may consider the criminal record of a prospective tenant.
Sponsors
Housing Committee Martin Looney
Last Action
Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2020-sb00109/

CT HB05226 An Act Concerning Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

Introduced Session

2020 General Assembly

Summary
To (1) make void and unenforceable any covenant, restriction or condition in any deed, contract, security instrument or other instrument affecting the transfer or sale of property which prohibits or unreasonably restricts the installation or use of an electric vehicle charging station, (2) establish conditions to which a unit owner must agree in order to obtain approval for installation of an electric vehicle charging station, and (3) permit tenants to request installation of electric vehicle charging stations, subject to compliance with a landlord's requirements.
Sponsors
Energy and Technology Committee Joseph Gresko Jonathan Steinberg
Last Action
Public Hearing 02/27
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2020-hb05226/

CT HB05128 An Act Concerning Minor Revisions To Statutes Regarding Bond-financed State Housing Programs.

Introduced Session

2020 General Assembly

Summary
To redefine "administrative expense" for purposes of certain bond-financed state housing programs and to make minor revisions to the statute concerning the homelessness prevention response fund.
Sponsors
Housing Committee
Last Action
Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2020-hb05128/

CT HB05121 An Act Concerning Certain Protections For Group And Family Child Care Homes.

Introduced Session

2020 General Assembly

Summary
To clarify and enforce protections for licensed group child care homes and licensed family child care homes and prevent landlords and certain homeowners associations from placing restrictions on the operation of such homes.
Sponsors
Housing Committee Saud Anwar
Last Action
Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2020-hb05121/

CT HB06292 An Act Concerning Motor Vehicle Tax Assessments For Certain Owners Of Rental Property.

Introduced Session

2019 General Assembly

Summary
To allow a landlord to produce certain documents to prove such landlord is not residing at a rental property owned by such landlord for purposes of contesting motor vehicle tax assessments.
Sponsors
Planning and Development Committee Stephanie Cummings Geoffrey Luxenberg
Last Action
File Number 681
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2019-hb06292/

CT HB07276 An Act Concerning Certain Group Child Care And Family Child Care Homes.

Introduced Session

2019 General Assembly

Summary
To (1) protect licensed group child care homes and family child care homes from certain zoning regulations, (2) require the Office of Early Childhood to inspect group child care homes for evident sources of lead poisoning prior to issuing a license for such home, (3) prohibit landlords and homeowners associations from imposing certain restrictions on the operation of licensed group child care homes and family child care homes, and (4) provide for certain protections of such landlords and homeowners associations with regard to tenants and owners operating such homes.
Sponsors
Planning and Development Committee David Michel
Last Action
Public Hearing 03/06
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2019-hb07276/

CT SB00054 An Act Concerning A Landlord’s Ability To Review Criminal Records Relating To A Prospective Tenant.

Introduced Session

2019 General Assembly

Summary
To assist individuals with prior criminal convictions to find adequate housing.
Sponsors
Housing Committee Martin Looney Joshua Hall
Last Action
No Action
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2019-sb00054/

CT HB05713 An Act Concerning Consideration Of Criminal Convictions Of A Prospective Tenant.

Introduced Session

2019 General Assembly

Summary
To prohibit housing providers from considering a prospective tenant's criminal conviction after certain time periods.
Sponsors
Housing Committee Brandon McGee Bobby Gibson Joshua Hall Geraldo Reyes David Michel
Last Action
No Action
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ct-2019-hb05713/

Must-Know Connecticut Landlord-Tenant Laws

Law For Landlords

In the U.S., there are nearly 48.5 million rental units. A little over half of these rental units are owned by business entities, while the rest are owned by individual investors.

There are a lot of good reasons to own rental property in, including providing a passive income source as well as the potential for property value appreciation. Many Americans have managed to make rental property ownership their full-time job, while others might keep a few rental properties as a way of making extra income.

If you are considering becoming a landlord, you likely have a lot of questions. What regulations do landlords need to know? What should I know as a landlord in general?

Understanding landlord-tenant laws is essential for protecting yourself legally and financially. Here’s a brief guide for self-managing landlords regarding some of the most important federal and state laws.

The Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act is one of the two major federal laws that impact all property managers and landlords across the country. This is a law that prohibits discrimination due to national origin, race, religion, color, disability, sex or familial status. This law applies to:

  • Renting or buying a home
  • Seeking housing assistance
  • Getting a mortgage
  • Engaging in other housing-related activities

This law extends beyond leasing where landlords are concerned. It also applies to advertising, meaning that it is illegal to market your properties to any specific group of people.

Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is a law that requires landlords to do a number of things when running a credit check. These include receiving permission from an applicant to run a credit report, informing the applicant if their credit report was the basis for adverse action or denial, and providing specific information regarding the credit reporting agency they used

Law Paint Law

It is required by landlords under federal law to disclose the presence of lead paint. They are not required to remove lead paint under federal law, but state laws might dictate otherwise. It’s important to learn about your state and municipality laws regarding lead paint in addition to the federal law.

Discrimination Law

Beyond the Federal Fair Housing Act, state and local laws might provide additional protection beyond the federal law. These might extend protections to people based on their sexual orientation, age, marital status, political association and even hairstyle.

Tenant Duties

While your tenant is responsible for some things, you should know what those things are as the landlord. Then, you can include those duties in your lease agreement. If a tenant doesn’t fulfill their duties, you may be able to provide a notice to vacate in law. Your tenants need to comply with local health and building codes to keep themselves and others safe. They also need to dispose of garbage safely and legally, and they need to use the property reasonably. That means living in the property, but unreasonable uses could include conducting business. Tenants are also responsible for keeping the property clean on a daily basis. They also can’t do anything that would disturb their neighbors, especially if you own a duplex or a similar property. A tenant must also ensure their guests also comply with these requirements. And whenever your tenant has any issues, they must notify you so that you can correct the problem.

Security Deposit Limit

Before a tenant moves in, you can charge them a security deposit. Fortunately, doesn’t have any limitations regarding the amount the deposit can be. You can set an amount based on the property’s rent or value. And you can charge a security deposit for short-term or long-term leases. Then, you can hold onto that amount for the duration of the tenant’s stay. While you can use the money from the deposit, it’s smart to keep it in a separate account. When the tenant moves out, you can make sure you have enough money to pay them back. You can outline the terms of the security deposit, such as the amount and when you will return it, in your lease agreement. That way, you and your tenant both understand the terms, and you can use similar language if you ever buy property in another state.

A Legal Lease Document

Each state and some municipalities might have laws regarding the lease contract. Rental contracts must abide by all laws and be legally written. It is necessary to indicate tenant names, monthly rental rates, and leasing periods clearly.

In some jurisdictions, it is required that certain legal disclosures be included in the lease document. Working with a lawyer to produce your rental contract can help ensure that the lease provides all of the required information and doesn’t break any federal, state, or local laws.

Required Disclosures

It is common in many states to require landlords to inform tenants about individual landlord policies, certain state laws, or specific information about the rental. It might be required that this is disclosed within the lease itself or in additional documentation.

It’s important to look into your state’s requirements about disclosures. However, some commonly required disclosures include notice of recent deaths, mold, meth contamination, or other safety or health hazards.

Providing a Safe Environment

One important landlord-tenant law has to do with the habitability of the rental unit. The definition of “safe, habitable condition” might be different between states. For this reason, you must familiarize yourself with the laws for landlords in your location.

Typically, this means that the property cannot have serious deficiencies. It also means that fixtures, appliances, heating, and plumbing need to be in working order. You also cannot rent out a property that is infested with pests or insects.

 Landlords are usually responsible for dealing with infestations even if the outbreak happens after the tenant moves in. However, in many states, this can be avoided by specifying that the renter is responsible for pest control.

Laws About Making Repairs

In the lease agreement, it will be outlined that the tenants are responsible for reporting necessary repairs. It then becomes the landlord’s responsibility to complete the repairs within an appropriate amount of time.

If a landlord doesn’t make a repair in a timely manner in a way that impacts the safety or health of a tenant, a tenant might have the right to withhold rent.

Security Deposits

It is common for landlords to require a security deposit from the tenant. This is in order to cover the costs of any damage the tenant causes or if they fail to pay rent. A landlord must refund the security deposit unless it is needed to cover the cost of fixing property damage or covering default rent payments.

In some states, how the security deposit is kept is dictated by the law. It is also typically required that an itemized list of deductions must be provided to the tenant if the landlord is using some of the deposit for these purposes.

The unused portion of the deposit must be returned and the itemized statement must be provided. If they aren’t, the landlord can face financial and legal repercussions.

Renters Right To Privacy

Most landlord-tenant rules and regulations cover the right to quiet enjoyment of a tenant. This means that it is their right to live on a property undisturbed. The landlord must give proper notice before entering the rental unit, which is usually 24 to 48 hours unless there is an emergency.

Landlords can only enter the rental property for valid reasons and at a reasonable time of day after giving notice.

Landlord-Tenant Laws: Essential For Protecting Yourself Legally and Financially

Without a good understanding of landlord-tenant laws, you can find yourself in a mess of legal and financial trouble. It’s therefore very important to familiarize yourself with the federal, state, and local laws regarding the rights of tenants and the responsibilities of landlords.

Are you looking for more valuable resources to serve as a guide for self-managing landlords? You can find more resources and guides here.

Reviewing Laws for Landlords

Understanding laws for landlords is essential for keeping your properties up and running. It can also protect you and your finances if you have a problematic tenant or experience other issues. Whether you just bought your first rental property or are looking to expand, you should understand how these laws affect you. That way, you won’t have to worry about losing everything. Do you want to learn more about laws for landlords? Let us know.

Please understand that because of the nature of the topic, this page has been written in a generalized form. Further guidance should be sought on the topic being searched by the landlord.

Connecticut Landlord Legislation Blog

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Eviction Moratorium Ends

Time to Focus on Rental Assistance Breaking News August 27, 2021 The U.S. Supreme Court ended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) eviction moratorium Thursday night, giving much-needed relief to America’s small housing providers facing financial hardship for more than a year. In a 6-3 ruling, a majority of justices agreed that the stay on the lower court’s order finding the CDC’s eviction moratorium to be unlawful was no longer justified. In their order, the justices wrote, “The

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A Guide to Section 8 for Landlords

Over 10 million Americans are afforded federal rental assistance under a program known as Section 8 housing. This federal rental assistance can be used all over the United States, which means that all US landlords should have a basic understanding of what Section 8 is and how it works. In short, Section 8 housing provides a solution for low-income families and individuals who are in need of housing. But how does Section 8 housing work for landlords? If you’ve poked around online

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Pros and Cons of Month-to-Month Rental Leases

The real estate market is in a particularly unusual state in 2021 as the overall economy seeks to correct itself during an ongoing pandemic. One of the more surprising results of the past year is that while housing prices are going up, the cost to rent is, in many places, going down or stabilizing. Now is a great time for property owners to analyze the kind of leasing agreements they typically offer. Is month-to-month rental a better solution in the present,

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A Guide to Squatter Rights- What Landlords Absolutely Need to Know

If you’re a landlord who has recently discovered the presence of unknown tenants living in one of your properties, you’re probably wondering what to do next. Is this trespassing? Can you simply kick them out? The answer is not quite so simple, assuming these unexpected tenants are squatters. We tend to think of squatters in basic, colloquial terms: people who have moved into a property they don’t own or rent and live there without permission. However, you’ve probably also heard

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A Complete Guide to Every Step in the Eviction Process

As a landlord, your hope is to bring on high-quality tenants that abide by the lease and pay rent on time each month. However, you might be surprised at how likely it is that you could find yourself going through the eviction process at some point in your tenure. In the past few years, US eviction data was compiled and revealed just how common evictions actually are. In fact, in 2016 alone, 2.3 million evictions were filed in America. Our goal is

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The Landlord’s Guide to Rent Collection

There are over 10 million individual landlords in the United States, each with its own methods for rent collection. How a landlord collects rent, what they charge, and how they deal with late payments has to do both with their personal preferences and the laws in their state. Renting is a great way to earn side money or even a full liveable income, but there are many things to consider before you begin looking for tenants. If you have a property you’re interested

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