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S.B. 274






Chief Sponsor: Peter C. Knudson

House Sponsor: Wayne A. Harper

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill raises the ceiling amount for eviction of service members or their families
             11      while the service member is serving on active duty.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    raises the ceiling amount of rent for eviction to mirror the Federal amount of $2,400
             15      for service members and their families.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          39-7-113, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 306
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 39-7-113 is amended to read:
             26           39-7-113. Eviction or distress of dependents.
             27          (1) A landlord may not evict or take and hold property of a service member or [his] the

             28      service member's dependents for nonpayment of rent during the period of military service if the
             29      rent on the premises occupied by the service member or [his] the service member's dependents
             30      is less than [$1,200] $2,400 per month unless a court allows it after application to the court and
             31      an order granted in an action or proceeding affecting the right of possession.
             32          (2) In any action affecting the right of possession, the court may, on its own motion,
             33      stay the proceedings for not longer than three months, or make any order the court determines
             34      to be reasonable and just under the circumstances, unless the court finds that the ability of the
             35      tenant to pay the agreed rent is not materially affected by reason of the service member's
             36      military service.
             37          (3) When a stay is granted or other order is made by the court, the owner of the
             38      premises shall be entitled, upon application, to relief with respect to the premises similar to that
             39      granted service members in military service in Sections 39-7-114 through 39-7-116 to the
             40      extent and for any period as the court determines to be just and reasonable under the
             41      circumstances.
             42          (4) Any person who knowingly takes part in any eviction or distress otherwise than as
             43      provided in Subsection (1), or attempts to do so, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
             44          (5) The governor is empowered to order an allotment of the pay of a service member in
             45      military service in reasonable proportion to discharge the rent of premises occupied for
             46      dwelling purposes by any dependents of the service member.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-6-08 6:29 PM

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