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First Substitute S.B. 173

Representative Gage Froerer proposes the following substitute bill:




Chief Sponsor: Benjamin M. McAdams

House Sponsor: Gage Froerer

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the Utah Fit Premises Act.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    requires an owner of a residential rental unit to provide a written inventory of the
             13      unit's condition, allow the renter to document the unit's condition, or provide the
             14      renter a walkthrough inspection of the unit before entering a rental agreement;
             15          .    requires an owner to provide specified things to a prospective renter before a rental
             16      agreement is entered;
             17          .    requires an owner to disclose information and provide materials to a renter at or
             18      before the commencement of a rental agreement; and
             19          .    provides for consequences if an owner fails to deliver possession of a residential
             20      rental unit on the date provided in the rental agreement.
             21      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:

             26      AMENDS:
             27          57-22-4, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 352
             28      ENACTS:
             29          57-22-4.1, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             31      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             32          Section 1. Section 57-22-4 is amended to read:
             33           57-22-4. Owner's duties.
             34          (1) To protect the physical health and safety of the ordinary renter, an owner:
             35          (a) may not rent the premises unless they are safe, sanitary, and fit for human
             36      occupancy; and
             37          (b) shall:
             38          (i) maintain common areas of the residential rental unit in a sanitary and safe condition;
             39          (ii) maintain electrical systems, plumbing, heating, and hot and cold water;
             40          (iii) maintain any air conditioning system in an operable condition;
             41          (iv) maintain other appliances and facilities as specifically contracted in the rental
             42      agreement; and
             43          (v) for buildings containing more than two residential rental units, provide and
             44      maintain appropriate receptacles for garbage and other waste and arrange for its removal,
             45      except to the extent that the renter and owner otherwise agree.
             46          (2) Except as otherwise provided in the rental agreement, an owner shall provide the
             47      renter at least 24 hours prior notice of the owner's entry into the renter's residential rental unit.
             48          (3) Before an owner and a prospective renter enter into a rental agreement, the owner
             49      shall:
             50          (a) provide the prospective renter a written inventory of the condition of the residential
             51      rental unit;
             52          (b) furnish the renter a form to document the condition of the residential rental unit and
             53      then allow the resident a reasonable time after the renter's occupancy of the residential rental
             54      unit to complete and return the form; or
             55          (c) provide the prospective renter an opportunity to conduct a walkthrough inspection
             56      of the residential rental unit.

             57          (4) At or before the commencement of the rental term under a rental agreement, an
             58      owner shall:
             59          (a) disclose in writing to the renter:
             60          (i) the owner's name, address, and telephone number; or
             61          (ii) (A) the name, address, and telephone number of any person authorized to manage
             62      the residential rental unit; or
             63          (B) the name, address, and telephone number of any person authorized to act for and on
             64      behalf of the owner for purposes of receiving notice under this chapter or performing the
             65      owner's duties under this chapter or under the rental agreement, if the person authorized to
             66      manage the residential rental unit does not have authority to receive notice under this chapter;
             67      and
             68          (b) provide the renter:
             69          (i) a reference to the provisions of this chapter;
             70          (ii) an executed copy of the rental agreement, if the rental agreement is a written
             71      agreement; and
             72          (iii) a copy of any rules and regulations applicable to the residential rental unit.
             73          (5) An owner's failure to comply with a requirement of Subsection (2), (3), or (4) may
             74      not:
             75          (a) be used by the renter as a basis to excuse the renter's compliance with a rental
             76      agreement; or
             77          (b) give rise to any cause of action against the owner.
             78          Section 2. Section 57-22-4.1 is enacted to read:
             79          57-22-4.1. Failure to deliver possession of residential rental unit -- Renter's option
             80      to terminate rental agreement -- Abatement of rent.
             81          (1) If an owner fails to deliver possession of a residential rental unit on the date
             82      provided in the rental agreement:
             83          (a) the renter may, by written notice to the owner, terminate the rental agreement; or
             84          (b) if the renter chooses not to terminate the rental agreement, rent abates until the
             85      owner delivers possession as provided in the rental agreement.
             86          (2) If a renter terminates a rental agreement under Subsection (1)(a), the owner shall, as
             87      promptly as reasonable, return to the renter all prepaid rent and any security deposit.

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