Recent Changes in Connecticut
Landlord-Tenant Law that
You NEED to Know
On October 1, 2017, four changes to Connecticut Landlord and Tenant Law became effective. Below, we examine the fourth of the new and amended laws and what they mean to landlords:
CHANGE #4: PA 17-22 changes the process for disposing of a deceased tenant’s possessions if the tenant was the sole occupant of the rental unit.
Handling the possessions of a deceased single tenant has always been an unpleasant challenge for landlords. This amendment to the law provides a potentially less expensive and quicker alternative to waiting for the opening of a deceased tenant’s estate to bring a summary process (eviction) action against the tenant’s personal representative.
Landlords can now obtain an emergency contact from the tenant, in addition to the tenant’s next of kin, who would be directed to contact the probate court regarding the process to reclaim the deceased tenant’s possessions if this unfortunate event occurs.
The alternative process provided by the new provisions of this law allows a landlord to file a certificate obtained from the probate court with an application to the housing court for an execution directing a state marshal to remove the deceased tenant’s possessions without having to wait for the deceased tenant’s next of kin to file an application to open an estate with the probate court. C.G.S. § 47a-11d.