House Bill #7511 (2018)

AN ACT RELATING TO PROPERTY

Eliminates the penalty of abating rent in cases where a non-resident landlord fails to designate an agent for service of process and would clarify that the fine for violating this section is civil.

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  • 2018 – H 7511
  • 2018 – H 7511 SUBSTITUTE A
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  • LC004202
  • LC004202/SUB A
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  • S T A T E O F R H O D E I S L A N D
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2018
  • IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY
  • JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 2018
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  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO PROPERTY
  • Introduced By: Representatives Corvese, Jacquard, Edwards, Solomon, and Marshall
  • Date Introduced: February 08, 2018
  • Referred To: House Judiciary
  • Introduced By: Representatives Corvese, Jacquard, Edwards, Solomon, and Marshall
  • Date Introduced: February 08, 2018
  • Referred To: House Judiciary
  • It is enacted by the General Assembly as follows:
  • SECTION 1. Section 34-18-22.3 of the General Laws in Chapter 34-18 entitled "Residential Landlord and Tenant Act" is hereby amended to read as follows:
  • 34-18-22.3. Nonresident landlord to designate agent for service of process.
  • A landlord who is not a resident of this state shall designate and continuously maintain an agent upon whom service may be made of any process, notice, or demand required or permitted by law to be served, including but not limited to notices of minimum housing code violations. The agent shall be a resident of this state or a corporation authorized to do business in this state. The landlord's designation shall be in writing, shall include the name and address of the agent, shall include the street address of each property designated to said agent, and shall be filed with the secretary of state and with the clerk of the city or town wherein the dwelling unit is located. If a Any landlord who fails to comply with the requirements of this section, rent for the dwelling unit abates until designation of an agent is made and the landlord shall be subject to a civil fine of up to five hundred ($500) dollars per violation, payable to the municipality.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on September 1, 2018.
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  • LC004202
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  • A landlord who is not a resident of this state shall designate and continuously maintain an agent upon whom service may be made of any process, notice, or demand required or permitted by law to be served, including but not limited to notices of minimum housing code violations. The agent shall be a resident of this state or a corporation authorized to do business in this state. The landlord's designation shall be in writing, shall include the name and address of the agent, shall include the street address of each property designated to said agent, and shall be filed with the secretary of state and with the clerk of the city or town wherein the dwelling unit is located. If a Any landlord who fails to comply with the requirements of this section, rent for the dwelling unit abates until designation of an agent is made and the landlord shall be subject to a civil fine of up to five hundred ($500) dollars per violation one hundred dollars ($100) per month up to a maximum of one thousand two hundred dollars ($1,200) in a calendar year or if the monthly rent exceeds one thousand two hundred dollars ($1,200), the civil fine shall be one month's rent for the calendar year, payable to the municipality.
  • SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on September 1, 2018. ======== LC004202/SUB A ========
  • EXPLANATION
  • BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL
  • OF
  • A N A C T
  • RELATING TO PROPERTY
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  • This act would eliminate the penalty of abating rent in cases where a non-resident landlord fails to designate an agent for service of process and would clarify that the fine for violating this section is civil.
  • This act would take effect on September 1, 2018. ======== LC004202 ========
  • This act would eliminate the penalty of abating rent in cases where a non-resident landlord fails to designate an agent for service of process and would clarify that the fine for violating this section is civil and would amend the amount of the fine from five hundred dollars ($500) per violation to one hundred dollars ($100) per month.
  • This act would take effect on September 1, 2018. ======== LC004202/SUB A ========

Votes

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Floor vote for PASSAGE

May 30, 2018 at 4:28pm
Yeas: 68 / Nays: 0 / Not voting: 7 / Recused: 0
Legislator Vote
Rep. Abney Y
Rep. Ackerman Y
Rep. Ajello Y
Rep. Almeida Y
Rep. Amore Y
Rep. Azzinaro Y
Rep. Barros Y
Rep. Bennett Y
Rep. Blazejewski Y
Rep. Canario Y
Rep. Carson Y
Rep. Casey Y
Rep. Casimiro Y
Rep. Chippendale NV
Rep. Corvese Y
Rep. Costantino Y
Rep. Coughlin Y
Rep. Craven Y
Rep. Cunha Y
Rep. Diaz Y
Rep. Donovan Y
Rep. Edwards Y
Rep. Fellela Y
Rep. Filippi NV
Rep. Fogarty Y
Rep. Giarrusso Y
Rep. Handy Y
Rep. Hearn NV
Rep. Hull Y
Rep. Jacquard NV
Rep. Johnston Y
Rep. Kazarian Y
Rep. Keable Y
Rep. Kennedy Y
Rep. Knight Y
Rep. Lancia Y
Rep. Lima Y
Rep. Lombardi Y
Rep. Maldonado Y
Rep. Marshall Y
Rep. Marszalkowski Y
Rep. Mattiello Y
Rep. McEntee Y
Rep. McKiernan NV
Rep. McLaughlin Y
Rep. McNamara Y
Rep. Mendonca Y
Rep. Messier Y
Rep. Morgan Y
Rep. Morin Y
Rep. Nardolillo Y
Rep. Newberry Y
Rep. Nunes Y
Rep. O'Brien Y
Rep. O'Grady Y
Rep. Perez Y
Rep. Phillips Y
Rep. Price Y
Rep. Quattrocchi NV
Rep. Ranglin-Vassell Y
Rep. Regunberg Y
Rep. Roberts NV
Rep. Ruggiero Y
Rep. Serpa Y
Rep. Shanley Y
Rep. Shekarchi Y
Rep. Slater Y
Rep. Solomon Y
Rep. Tanzi Y
Rep. Tobon Y
Rep. Ucci Y
Rep. Vella-Wilkinson Y
Rep. Walsh Y
Rep. Williams Y
Rep. Winfield Y