New Eviction Law Passes Legislature

A new eviction law has passed the state Senate. A companion bill is in committee in the House. If enacted the law would go into effect later this year. The two bills differ in some respects. To become law, the same bill must pass both chambers and be signed by the governor.

Here is a quick summary of the changes to the eviction process in the proposed bills.

  • the notice to pay rent or vacate cure period is changed from 3 days to 14 days
  • rent may not include late fee or utilities, or other non-rent items
  • notices must be in “plain language”
  • notices must contain information for civil legal aid resources
  • all tenancies become month-to-month at the end of a lease term
  • tenants may reinstate their tenancies by paying all the rent owed
  • landlords will have to give at least 60 days notice of rent increases
  • courts may reinstate the tenancy if it is in the interests of justice
  • landlords must include copies of estimates when deducting from the security deposit for damages to the rental

This is a short summary of the some of the changes in landlord-tenant law that may soon go into effect.

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