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First Substitute H.B. 184

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.
             43          (b) An owner who installs a new lock under Subsection (3)(a) may retain a copy of the
             44      key that opens the new lock.
             45          (c) Notwithstanding any rental agreement, an owner who installs a new lock under
             46      Subsection (3)(a) may refuse to provide a copy of the key that opens the new lock to the
             47      perpetrator of the act listed in Subsection (1).


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