The bill amends the "Residential Landlord and Tenant Act" by updating definitions and adding new provisions related to evictions. It introduces the definition of a "Disabled person" and expands the definition of "Dwelling unit" to include mobile homes and related land. The term "Landlord" is broadened to cover more individuals who can receive rent, and "Tenant" now includes a wider range of occupants. The bill also specifies conditions for just cause evictions, exempting owner-occupied premises with fewer than four units and employment-related housing under certain circumstances. It establishes that landlords cannot evict tenants without good cause and details the grounds for eviction, such as nonpayment of rent, substantial violation of tenancy obligations, and the landlord's need for personal use of the property, with protections for tenants over 62 or disabled.

Furthermore, the bill grants tenants the right to legal action against fraudulent claims of housing accommodation use by landlords or purchasers. It preserves tenants' rights to contest evictions due to rent nonpayment and declares any tenant agreements that waive these rights as void. Landlords are required to follow all laws and notice requirements to initiate possession actions. The bill is set to be effective immediately upon its passage, reinforcing tenant protections and clarifying legal processes for eviction.

Statutes affected:
2920: 34-18-11