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H.B. 184 Enrolled
This bill amends the Utah Fit Premises Act to provide crime victims the right to have
the lock to a residential rental unit changed at the renter's expense.
. enacts a provision allowing a renter who is a victim of one of a list of certain crimes
to require the owner to install a new lock at the renter's expense.
Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
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Utah Code Sections Affected:
57-22-5.1, Utah Code Annotated 1953
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 57-22-5.1 is enacted to read:
57-22-5.1. Crime victim's right to new locks.
(1) For purposes of this section, "crime victim" means a victim of:
(a) domestic violence, as defined in Section 77-36-1 ;
(b) stalking as defined in Section 76-5-106.5 ;
(c) a crime under Title 76, Chapter 5, Part 4, Sexual Offenses;
(d) burglary or aggravated burglary under Section 76-6-202 or 76-6-203 ; or
(e) dating violence, consisting of verbal, emotional, psychological, physical, or sexual
abuse of one person by another in a dating relationship.
(2) An acceptable form of documentation of an act listed in Subsection (1) is:
(a) a protective order protecting the renter issued pursuant to Title 30, Chapter 6,
Cohabitant Abuse Act, subsequent to a hearing of which the petitioner and respondent have been
given notice under Title 30, Chapter 6; or
(b) a copy of a police report documenting an act listed in Subsection (1).
(3) (a) A renter who is a crime victim may require the renter's owner to install a new lock
to the renter's residential rental unit if the renter:
(i) provides the owner with an acceptable form of documentation of an act listed in
Subsection (1); and
(ii) pays for the cost of installing the new lock.
(b) An owner may comply with Subsection (3)(a) by:
(i) rekeying the lock if the lock is in good working condition; or
(ii) changing the entire locking mechanism with a locking mechanism of equal or greater
quality than the lock being replaced.
(c) An owner who installs a new lock under Subsection (3)(a) may retain a copy of the
key that opens the new lock.
(d) Notwithstanding any rental agreement, an owner who installs a new lock under
Subsection (3)(a) shall refuse to provide a copy of the key that opens the new lock to the
perpetrator of the act listed in Subsection (1).
(e) Notwithstanding Section 78-36-12 , if an owner refuses to provide a copy of the key
under Subsection (3)(d) to a perpetrator who is not barred from the residential rental unit by a
protective order but is a renter on the rental agreement, the perpetrator may file a petition with a
court of competent jurisdiction within 30 days to:
(i) establish whether the perpetrator should be given a key and allowed access to the
residential rental unit; or
(ii) whether the perpetrator should be relieved of further liability under the rental
agreement because of the owner's exclusion of the perpetrator from the residential rental unit.
(f) Notwithstanding Subsection (3)(e)(ii), a perpetrator may not be relieved of further
liability under the rental agreement if the perpetrator is found by the court to have committed the
act upon which the landlord's exclusion of the perpetrator is based.
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