Chief Sponsor: Kathleen A. Riebe

House Sponsor: ____________


8     General Description:
9          This bill amends provisions related to expunging an eviction by petition.
10     Highlighted Provisions:
11          This bill:
12          ▸     provides that a party to an eviction may, under certain circumstances, petition the
13     court for expungement of eviction records if the eviction was based solely on the
14     use or possession of a controlled substance; and
15          ▸     makes technical and conforming changes.
16     Money Appropriated in this Bill:
17          None
18     Other Special Clauses:
19          None
20     Utah Code Sections Affected:
21     AMENDS:
22          78B-6-853, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2022, Chapter 372

24     Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
25          Section 1. Section 78B-6-853 is amended to read:
26          78B-6-853. Expungement of eviction by petition .
27          (1) Any party to an eviction may petition the court to expunge all records of the

28     eviction if:
29          (a) the eviction was [for]:
30          (i) for remaining after the end of the lease as described in Subsection 78B-6-802(1)(a);
31     [or]
32          (ii) for the nonpayment of rent as described in Subsection 78B-6-802(1)(c); [and] or
33          (iii) based solely on:
34          (A) the use or possession of marijuana as that term is defined in Section 58-37-2; or
35          (B) the use or possession of a controlled substance other than marijuana, using the term
36     controlled substance as defined in Section 58-37-2, provided that:
37          (I) at least three years have passed from the day on which the eviction was filed;
38          (II) during that time period, the evicted party is not convicted of a serious offense as
39     defined in Section 76-3-4;
40          (III) there are no criminal proceedings pending against the evicted party; and
41          (IV) the evicted party is not on probation, on parole, or currently incarcerated for any
42     other offense; and
43          (b) any judgment for the eviction has been satisfied and a satisfaction of judgment has
44     been filed for the judgment.
45          (2) A petitioner shall file a petition and provide notice to any other party to the eviction
46     in accordance with the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure.
47          (3) (a) Any party to the eviction may file a written objection to the petition with the
48     court.
49          (b) If the court receives a written objection to the petition, the court may not expunge
50     the eviction.
51          (4) Except as provided in Subsection (5), the court shall order expungement of all
52     records of the eviction if the court does not receive a written objection within 60 days from the
53     day on which the petition is filed.
54          (5) A court may not expunge an eviction if the judgment for the eviction has not been
55     satisfied.
56          Section 2. Effective date.
57          This bill takes effect on May 1, 2024.