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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 23, 2020 02:47 PM
From: Representative Brian Kirkland
To: All House members
Subject: Allowing Terminally Ill Tenants to End Residential Leases without Penalty
When someone is facing a diagnosis of a terminal illness, there are so many end-of-life decisions which need to be made. One fight they should not have to face is terminating a lease early because they are entering into hospice or palliative care away from their home. Unfortunately, landlords are not required to allow early termination of a lease for these circumstances and can require the lease to be paid out fully. It is time we provide families the necessary means to place their loved one in care and not fight with a landlord over what could be thousands of dollars.

My legislation would require a landlord to allow an early termination of a lease, without penalty, for a tenant who is moving into a hospice facility or another location to receive hospice or palliative care. The tenant would need to provide a written notice and certified documentation from a physician stating the need for the care.

I ask that you support this legislation and join me in allowing those who are facing many end of life decisions the ability to terminate a lease and focus on their family and other important matters.

Introduced as HB1779