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9 LONG TITLE
10 General Description:
11 This bill modifies provisions of the Disclosure of Methamphetamine Contaminated
12 Property Act.
13 Highlighted Provisions:
14 This bill:
15 . modifies the definition of "owner";
16 . requires an owner or lessor who obtains information that would lead a reasonable
17 person to believe that property is or may be contaminated from methamphetamines
18 to exercise reasonable diligence to determine whether the property is contaminated;
19 . modifies a provision allowing an owner or lessor to report methamphetamine
20 contamination to require rather than allow the owner or lessor to report the
21 contamination; and
22 . makes a technical change.
23 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
25 Other Special Clauses:
27 Utah Code Sections Affected:
29 57-27-102, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 194
30 57-27-201, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 194
32 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
33 Section 1. Section 57-27-102 is amended to read:
34 57-27-102. Definitions.
35 As used in this chapter:
36 (1) "Contaminated" or "contamination" is as defined in Section 19-6-902 .
37 (2) "Decontaminated" or "decontamination" is as defined in Section 19-6-902 .
38 (3) (a) "Owner" means the holder of a legal or equitable title or interest in real property
39 or an agent of the holder of legal or equitable title or interest.
40 (b) "Owner" includes a shareholder, partner, operator, or other legal entity.
41 (4) "Real estate professional" means a licensee under Title 61, Chapter 2, Division of
42 Real Estate.
43 Section 2. Section 57-27-201 is amended to read:
44 57-27-201. Disclosure of contaminated property required.
45 (1) (a) Subject to Section 57-1-37 , if an owner or lessor of real property has actual
46 knowledge that the property is currently contaminated from the use, storage, or manufacture of
47 methamphetamines, the owner or lessor shall, in a real property lease, conveyance, or other
48 transaction related to the contaminated property, disclose that the property is contaminated.
49 (b) If, in the ordinary course of business, an owner or lessor obtains information that
50 would lead a reasonable person to believe that the property is or may be contaminated from the
51 use, storage, or manufacture of methamphetamines, the owner or lessor shall exercise
52 reasonable diligence to determine whether the property is contaminated.
53 (2) (a) If an owner's or lessor's real property is contaminated from the use, storage, or
54 manufacture of methamphetamines, the owner or lessor [
55 property to a government agency responsible for monitoring the decontamination process and
56 documenting that the test results meet decontamination standards.
57 (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (2)(a), an owner or lessor whose contaminated
58 property is reported in a police action related to the manufacturing of methamphetamines [
60 Reporting and Decontamination Act.
61 (3) (a) A person may file a civil action to enforce this chapter.
62 (b) A court may award a prevailing party damages, court costs, and reasonable attorney
63 fees for an action filed under this chapter.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-12-10 6:41 AM