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First Substitute H.B. 343

Representative Paul A. Neuenschwander proposes the following substitute bill:





Chief Sponsor: Paul A. Neuenschwander

Senate Sponsor: Dan R. Eastman

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill amends the Forcible Entry and Detainer chapter of the Judicial Code as it
             11      relates to student housing.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    defines terms;
             15          .    permits an institution of higher education to exclude or evict a student from student
             16      housing, if the student has violated the student's lease, without resorting to a judicial
             17      process;
             18          .    establishes procedures and due process requirements for the exclusion or eviction of
             19      a student from student housing; and
             20          .    makes technical changes.
             21      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:

             26      AMENDS:
             27          78B-6-814, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
             28      ENACTS:
             29          78B-6-817, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 78B-6-814 is amended to read:
             33           78B-6-814. Exclusion of tenant without judicial process prohibited -- Exceptions.
             34          [It] (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2) or Section 78B-6-817 , it is unlawful for an
             35      owner to willfully exclude a tenant from the tenant's premises in any manner except by judicial
             36      process[, provided, an].
             37          (2) An owner or [his] the owner's agent [shall not be prevented from removing] may,
             38      under Subsection 78B-6-816 (2), remove the contents of [the leased] a premises [under
             39      Subsection 78B-6-816 (2) and retaking] leased by the owner to a tenant, retake the premises,
             40      and [attempting] attempt to rent [them] the premises at a fair rental value when the tenant has
             41      abandoned the premises.
             42          Section 2. Section 78B-6-817 is enacted to read:
             43          78B-6-817. Eviction of a student from student housing.
             44          (1) As used in this section:
             45          (a) "Educational institution" means a public or private institution of higher education
             46      that operates in this state.
             47          (b) "School day" means any day except:
             48          (i) weekends;
             49          (ii) holidays; or
             50          (iii) a day on which the educational institution does not hold school.
             51          (c) "Student housing" means a house, apartment, or other residential unit owned,
             52      leased, or operated by an educational institution for the primary purpose of providing housing
             53      to a student, incidental to the student attending the educational institution.
             54          (2) An educational institution may exclude or evict a student from student housing of
             55      the educational institution without complying with the requirements of any other section of this
             56      chapter if:

             57          (a) the student violates the terms of the lease that governs the student's use of the
             58      student housing;
             59          (b) the educational institution provides written notice of intent to exclude or evict the
             60      student by:
             61          (i) personally serving the notice on the student at least three days before the day on
             62      which the educational institution excludes or evicts the student from student housing; or
             63          (ii) at least five school days before the day on which the educational institution
             64      excludes or evicts the student from student housing:
             65          (A) posting the notice in a conspicuous place on the premises; and
             66          (B) mailing the notice to the student's last known address; and
             67          (c) the educational institution provides the student with notice and an opportunity to be
             68      heard regarding the exclusion or eviction before the exclusion or eviction occurs.
             69          (3) Before an educational institution uses the procedures described in this section, the
             70      educational institution shall develop a written policy relating to providing notice and an
             71      opportunity to be heard to a student, in accordance with Subsection (2)(c).
             72          (4) A student housing lease may include a reasonable definition of abandonment that is
             73      different from the definition described in Section 78B-6-815 . Abandonment under the
             74      definition in the lease is grounds for exclusion or eviction of the student from student housing,
             75      pursuant to the provisions of this section.

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