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Just Cause Requirement Eviction Of Residential Tenant

Concerning requiring just cause for the eviction of a tenant from a residential premises.
2023 Regular Session
Bill Summary

The bill prohibits a landlord from evicting a residential tenant unless the landlord has just cause for eviction. Just cause exists when:

  • The tenant continues to fail to pay rent after the landlord provides the tenant timely written notice of such nonpayment;
  • The tenant commits a substantial violation and does not cure it within 10 days after the landlord provides the tenant written notice of the substantial violation;
  • Conditions exist for a no-fault eviction;
  • The tenant refuses to allow the landlord to enter the residential premises after the landlord has provided written notice of such entry at least 48 hours before attempting such entry, unless the rental agreement specifies a longer period of advanced written notice; or
  • The tenant refuses to sign a new rental agreement with terms that are substantially identical to the tenant's current rental agreement, so long as the landlord proffers the new rental agreement at least 30 days before the expiration of the current rental agreement.

The following conditions constitute grounds for a no-fault eviction of a tenant, with certain limitations:

  • Demolition or conversion of the residential premises;
  • Substantial repairs or renovations to the residential premises; or
  • Occupancy of the residential premises assumed by the landlord or a family member of the landlord.

A landlord that proceeds with a no-fault eviction of a tenant must provide relocation assistance to the tenant in the amount of 2 months' rent plus the amount of one additional month of rent if any of the following individuals reside in the residential premises at the time the landlord proceeds with the no-fault eviction:

  • An individual who is less than 18 years of age or at least 60 years of age;
  • A low-income individual; or
  • An individual with a disability.

If a landlord proceeds with an eviction of a tenant of a residential premises in violation of the new provisions, the tenant may seek relief as provided in existing laws concerning unlawful removal of a tenant.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


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