Information from the
Connecticut Judicial Branch:
Information from the Connecticut Network for Legal Aid:
Top Ten Housing Myths
Tenants' Rights: Repairs
Your Rights When Your
Landlord Is In Foreclosure
Are You Having Problems With Your Housing Authority or Subsidized Housing?
Energy and Utility Problems with Landlords
Foreclosure: Is Your Landlord Going through
Foreclosure? A Tenant's Guide
Have You Been Ordered to Move Because Your Apartment Is Not
Safe? A Renter's Right to Relocation Assistance
Your Rights: Sexual Harassment and Housing
Renters Have Legal Rights
Have to Move Right Away in a Foreclosure
Security Deposits & Rent Increases
Tenant's Rights: Repairs: How to Use the
Housing Code Enforcement Law
Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection:
Publication from the Citizens Advisory Council for
Publication from the Office of the Chief State's Attorney:
Information from the State of Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy
for Persons with Disabilities:
OLR Research Reports - Office
of Legislative Research:
Federal and State Fair Housing Laws - 2013-R-0430
You asked for a
summary of the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) (42 USC § 3601 et seq.). You
also asked for a brief description of (1) how the FHA affects municipal land
use regulation and (2) the state's Discriminatory Housing Practices Act
(DHPA) (CGS § 46a-64c, see also §§ 8-37ee and 46a-81e).
and Time Frame - 2011-R-0350
You asked for a description of the eviction process, including how long
it takes to evict someone and a legislative history of changes affecting the
eviction time frame.
Evicted Tenants' Possessions - 2010-R-0515
A landlord who obtains a court judgment to evict a tenant may execute the
order by having a state marshal serve notice of the eviction on the tenant.
After doing so, the marshal gives the town's chief executive officer 24
hours notice of the time and place of the eviction and the property to be
removed. On eviction day, the marshal physically removes the tenant's
possessions and delivers them to a town-designated storage facility. If the
tenant does not reclaim his or her possessions and pay their storage
expenses within 15 days, the town can sell the possessions at a public
auction after (1) using reasonable efforts to locate and notify the tenant
and (2) posting notice for one week on a public signpost near the eviction
location, if any, or at some exterior place near the town clerk's office.
Rights of a Long-Term Guest at a Residence - 2010-R-0069
You asked about the rights of a person staying at the home of another person
on a long-term, but informal, basis. Specifically, you asked (1) when and
how such a guest may gain legal protections equivalent to those afforded to
official tenants and (2) how the primary resident may have a person who
began staying with them as a guest, but refuses to leave, removed.
Options Regarding Unhealthy Apartments
You asked: (1) whether a tenant can obtain a second opinion from a
state agency as to extent of and risks posed by the mold and (2) if this
opinion shows that the apartment is unhealthy, whether the tenant can obtain
relief in the form of spray painting the apartment or relocation assistance.
We understand you have a constituent who has been issued an eviction notice
for nonpayment of rent. She asserts that there is mold in her apartment,
which her town has inspected at her request.
Collection of Past Due Rent And Payment of Attorneys' Fees
You asked (1) why landlords cannot receive
a monetary judgment in housing court, presumably for back rent or property
damages and (2) whether a court can award attorneys' fees to tenants
represented in housing cases by Legal Services attorneys.
Landlord and Tenant Process for Collecting Overdue Rent
Process When the Rental Unit Is Within the Landlord's Home
You wanted to know the process for removing a tenant who rents a
room in the landlord's home but is in arrears on the rent.
Funded Housing for the Elderly and Evictions
You asked (1) for
information on the eviction process in state housing for elderly and
non-elderly disabled people, (2) about eligibility for tenancy in this
type of housing, and (3) what the legislature has done recently to
address conflicts between younger and older tenants in this type of
State Laws on Landlords' Treatment of Abandoned Property
You asked for a
summary of laws in the 50 states regulating how landlords must handle personal
property that tenants leave in their dwelling unit after an eviction.
You asked if any state
bans winter evictions and for a comparison of Massachusetts eviction laws
Members and State Marshal Liability 2005-R-0095
You wanted to know the
process for evicting military personnel living in private housing, especially
whether a military affidavit is required to evict. You also wanted to know
whether state marshals are personally liable for service of process in eviction
Assistance Act - 2004-R-0383
You asked us to summarize the Uniform Relocation Assistance Act (URAA) and
provide its legislative history (including original intent). You also asked
what (1) is the process by which a tenant would qualify for assistance and
(2) are the obligations of municipalities, housing authorities, and
landlords under the act.
Connecticut General Statutes
Title 47a. Landlord & Tenant
Chapter 830 Rights and Responsibilities of
Landlord and Tenant
Chapter 831 Advance Rental Payment. Security
Chapter 832 Summary Process (Eviction)
47a-23. Notice to quit possession or occupancy of premises.
Form. Delivery. Federal termination notice.
47a-23b. Service of notice to quit or summons if lessee a nonresident
or if whereabouts unknown.
47a-23c. Prohibition on eviction of certain tenants except for good
47a-26. Failure to Appear. Judgment.
47a-26a. Failure to Plead. Judgment.
Chapter 833 Entry and Detainer
Chapter 833a Public Enforcement of Health
and Safety Standards in Tenement and Boarding Houses, and in Rented Dwellings
Title 19a - Public Health
Title 8. Zoning, Planning,
Housing, Economic and Community Development and Human Resources
Chapter 135 Uniform
Relocation Assistance Act
The purpose of this chapter is to establish a uniform
policy for the fair and equitable treatment of persons displaced by the
acquisition of real property by state and local land acquisition programs,
by building code enforcement activities, or by a program of voluntary
rehabilitation of buildings or other improvements conducted pursuant to
Sec. 17-30. Summary Process; Default and Judgment for Failure to Appear
Sec. 17-53. Summary Process Executions
Connecticut Landlord and Tenant Law with Forms, by Noble F. Allen
The Connecticut Summary Process Manual, by Paul J. Marzinotto (2002).
The above treatises are
available at each of your
local law libraries.
Title 42, Chapter 135: Residency and Service Requirements in Federally
I Standards and Obligations of Residency in Federally Assisted Housing
II Authority to Provide Preferences for Elderly Residents and Units for
Disabled Residents in Certain Section 8 Assisted Housing
III Service Coordinators for Elderly and Disabled Residents of Federally
IV General Provisions
V Safety and Security in Public and Assisted Housing
Title 42, Chapter 8: Low Income Housing
Federal Regulations (CFR)
24, Chapter II, Part 247: Eviction from Certain Subsidized and
Occupancy Requirements of Subsidized Multifamily Housing Programs