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OLR Research Reports - Office of Legislative Research:

  • Summary of 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).

  • Eviction Process 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.

  • Towns Storing 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 - 2008-R-0618
    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 - 2008-R-0290
    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 - 2007-R-0480

  • Removal Process When the Rental Unit Is Within the Landlord's Home - 2007-R-0381
    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.

  • State Funded Housing for the Elderly and Evictions - 2006-R-0186
    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 housing.

  • State Laws on Landlords' Treatment of Abandoned Property 2006-R-0164
    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.

  • Landlord and Tenant 2005-R-0593
    You asked if any state bans winter evictions and for a comparison of Massachusetts eviction laws to Connecticuts.

  • Evicting Service 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 cases.

  • Process for Evicting a Handicapped Tenant 2004-R-0459
    You asked if special rules apply to the eviction of a handicapped tenant.

  • Uniform Relocation 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.

Useful Websites

Connecticut General Statutes

Selected Statutes:

Title 47a. Landlord & Tenant

Chapter 830 Rights and Responsibilities of Landlord and Tenant

Chapter 831 Advance Rental Payment. Security Deposits

Chapter 832 Summary Process (Eviction)

  • Sec. 47a-23.  Notice to quit possession or occupancy of premises. Form. Delivery. Federal termination notice.

  • Sec. 47a-23a. Complaint.

  • Sec. 47a-23b. Service of notice to quit or summons if lessee a nonresident or if whereabouts unknown.

  • Sec. 47a-23c. Prohibition on eviction of certain tenants except for good cause.

  • Sec. 47a-26. Failure to Appear. Judgment.

  • Sec. 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 and Well-Being

  • Sec. 19a-109. Heating and provision of utilities for buildings. Hot water. Termination of services

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 governmental supervision.

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Connecticut Regulations

Connecticut Practice Book

Selected rules:

  • Sec. 17-30. Summary Process; Default and Judgment for Failure to Appear or Plead

  • Sec. 17-53. Summary Process Executions

Library Materials

  • Connecticut Landlord and Tenant Law with Forms, by Noble F. Allen (2008).

  • The Connecticut Summary Process Manual, by Paul J. Marzinotto (2002).

The above treatises are available at each of your local law libraries.

Federal Laws - US Code

Title 42, Chapter 135: Residency and Service Requirements in Federally Assisted Housing.

  • Subchapter I Standards and Obligations of Residency in Federally Assisted Housing

  • Subchapter II Authority to Provide Preferences for Elderly Residents and Units for Disabled Residents in Certain Section 8 Assisted Housing

  • Subchapter III Service Coordinators for Elderly and Disabled Residents of Federally Assisted Housing

  • Subchapter IV General Provisions

  • Subchapter V Safety and Security in Public and Assisted Housing

Title 42, Chapter 8: Low Income Housing

Federal Regulations (CFR)

Title 24, Chapter II, Part 247: Eviction from Certain Subsidized and HUD-Owned Projects


HUD Handbooks

Occupancy Requirements of Subsidized Multifamily Housing Programs (4350.3)

  • Chapter 8: Termination


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