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S.B. 173





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 to provide specified things to a prospective renter before a rental
             13      agreement is entered;
             14          .    requires an owner to disclose information and provide materials to a renter at or
             15      before the commencement of a rental agreement; and
             16          .    provides for consequences if an owner fails to deliver possession of a residential
             17      rental unit as provided in the rental agreement.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          57-22-4, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 352
             25      ENACTS:
             26          57-22-4.1, Utah Code Annotated 1953

             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 57-22-4 is amended to read:
             30           57-22-4. Owner's duties.
             31          (1) To protect the physical health and safety of the ordinary renter, an owner:
             32          (a) may not rent the premises unless they are safe, sanitary, and fit for human
             33      occupancy; and
             34          (b) shall:
             35          (i) maintain common areas of the residential rental unit in a sanitary and safe condition;
             36          (ii) maintain electrical systems, plumbing, heating, and hot and cold water;
             37          (iii) maintain any air conditioning system in an operable condition;
             38          (iv) maintain other appliances and facilities as specifically contracted in the rental
             39      agreement; and
             40          (v) for buildings containing more than two residential rental units, provide and
             41      maintain appropriate receptacles for garbage and other waste and arrange for its removal,
             42      except to the extent that the renter and owner otherwise agree.
             43          (2) Except as otherwise provided in the rental agreement, an owner shall provide the
             44      renter at least 24 hours prior notice of the owner's entry into the renter's residential rental unit.
             45          (3) Before an owner and a prospective renter enter into a rental agreement, the owner
             46      shall provide the prospective renter a written inventory of the condition of the residential rental
             47      unit.
             48          (4) At or before the commencement of the rental term under a rental agreement, an
             49      owner shall:
             50          (a) disclose in writing to the renter:
             51          (i) the owner's name, address, and telephone number; or
             52          (ii) (A) the name, address, and telephone number of any person authorized to manage
             53      the residential rental unit; or
             54          (B) the name, address, and telephone number of any person authorized to act for and on
             55      behalf of the owner for purposes of receiving notice under this chapter or performing the
             56      owner's duties under this chapter or under the rental agreement, if the person authorized to
             57      manage the residential rental unit does not have authority to receive notice under this chapter;
             58      and

             59          (b) provide the renter:
             60          (i) a reference to the provisions of this chapter;
             61          (ii) an executed copy of the rental agreement, if the rental agreement is a written
             62      agreement; and
             63          (iii) a copy of any rules and regulations applicable to the residential rental unit.
             64          Section 2. Section 57-22-4.1 is enacted to read:
             65          57-22-4.1. Failure to deliver possession of residential rental unit -- Renter's option
             66      to terminate rental agreement -- Abatement of rent.
             67          (1) If an owner fails to deliver possession of a residential rental unit as provided in the
             68      rental agreement:
             69          (a) the renter may, by written notice to the owner, terminate the rental agreement; or
             70          (b) if the renter chooses not to terminate the rental agreement, rent abates until the
             71      owner delivers possession as provided in the rental agreement.
             72          (2) If a renter terminates a rental agreement under Subsection (1)(a), the owner shall, as
             73      promptly as reasonable, return to the renter all prepaid rent and any security deposit.

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