Bill Status of HB5170 95th General Assembly
Short Description: RELOCATION ASSISTANCE ACT
Rep. Harry Osterman - Naomi D. Jakobsson - Karen A. Yarbrough, William Davis and Charles E. Jefferson
| 1/13/2009||House||Session Sine Die|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Relocation Assistance Act. Provides that if a governmental entity notifies a landlord that a dwelling unit will be condemned or will be unlawful to occupy due to conditions that violate applicable codes, statutes, or ordinances, a landlord shall pay relocation assistance to a displaced tenant, unless the condemnation action or no occupancy order results from a natural disaster, a tenant's illegal conduct, or eminent domain. Provides that the landlord shall pay relocation assistance to a displaced tenant of $2,000 per dwelling unit or 3 times the monthly rent, whichever is greater, plus the deposit, interest, and prepaid rent by certified check within 7 days after the governmental entity sent the notice to the landlord. Provides that if the landlord fails to timely complete these payments, a municipality or a county may advance the payments to a displaced tenant and assess a civil penalty of $50 per day against the landlord for each tenant to whom the municipality or county advanced a payment. Provides that the municipality or county may sue to recover the assistance paid, interest, penalties, attorney's fees, and costs. Provides that in an action against a landlord to recover unpaid obligations, a displaced tenant shall recover costs and attorney's fees. Effective immediately.