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First Substitute H.B. 184

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Feb 9, 2005 at 9:16 AM by ddonat. --> This document includes House Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Fri, Feb 18, 2005 at 11:31 AM by chopkin. --> This document includes Senate 2nd Reading Floor Amendments incorporated into the bill on Tue, Mar 1, 2005 at 3:27 PM by rday. -->

Representative LaWanna Lou Shurtliff proposes the following substitute bill:





Sponsor: LaWanna Lou Shurtliff

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends the Utah Fit Premises Act to provide crime victims the right to have
             10      the lock to a residential rental unit changed at the renter's expense.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    enacts a provision allowing a renter who is a victim of one of a list of certain crimes
             14      to require the owner to install a new lock at the renter's expense.
             15      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      ENACTS:
             21          57-22-5.1, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 57-22-5.1 is enacted to read:
             25          57-22-5.1. Crime victim's right to new locks.

             26          (1) For purposes of this section, "crime victim" means a victim of:
             27          (a) domestic violence, as defined in Section 77-36-1 ;
             28          (b) stalking as defined in Section 76-5-106.5 ;
             29          (c) a crime under Title 76, Chapter 5, Part 4, Sexual Offenses;
             30          (d) burglary or aggravated burglary under Section 76-6-202 or 76-6-203 ; or
             31          (e) dating violence, consisting of verbal, emotional, psychological, physical, or sexual
             32      abuse of one person by another in a dating relationship.
             33          (2) An acceptable form of documentation of an act listed in Subsection (1) is:
             34          (a) a protective order protecting the renter issued pursuant to Title 30, Chapter 6,
             35      Cohabitant Abuse Act, subsequent to a hearing of which the petitioner and respondent have
             36      been given notice under Title 30, Chapter 6; or
             37          (b) a copy of a police report documenting an act listed in Subsection (1).
             38          (3) (a) A renter who is a crime victim may require the renter's owner to install a new
             39      lock to the renter's residential rental unit if the renter:
             40          (i) provides the owner with an acceptable form of documentation of an act listed in
             41      Subsection (1); and
             42          (ii) pays for the cost of installing the new lock.
             42a          H. (b) An owner may comply with Subsection (3)(a) by:
             42b          (i) rekeying the lock if the lock is in good working condition; or
             42c          (ii) changing the entire locking mechanism with a locking mechanism of equal or
             42d      greater quality than the lock being replaced.
             43           [ (b) ] (c) .H An owner who installs a new lock under Subsection (3)(a) may retain a
             43a      copy of the
             44      key that opens the new lock.
             45           H. [ (c) ] (d) .H Notwithstanding any rental agreement, an owner who installs a new
             45a      lock under
             46      Subsection (3)(a) H. [ may ] shall .H refuse to provide a copy of the key that opens the new lock
             46a      to the
             47      perpetrator of the act listed in Subsection (1).
             47a      S. (e) Notwithstanding Section 78-36-12, if an owner refuses to provide a copy of the key
             47b      under Subsection (3)(d) to a perpetrator who is not barred from the residential rental unit by a
             47c      protective order but is a renter on the rental agreement, the perpetrator may file a petition
             47d      with a court of competent jurisdiction within 30 days to: .S

             47e      S.     (i) establish whether the perpetrator should be given a key and allowed access to the
             47f      residential rental unit; or
             47g          (ii) whether the perpetrator should be relieved of further liability under the rental
             47h      agreement because of the owner's exclusion of the perpetrator from the residential rental unit.
             47i          (f) Notwithstanding Subsection (3)(e)(ii), a perpetrator may not be relieved of further
             47j      liability under the rental agreement if the perpetrator is found by the court to have committed
             47k      the act upon which the landlord's exclusion of the perpetrator is based. .S


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