Substitute Senate Bill No. 357

Public Act No. 00-173

An Act Concerning Tenant Rights In State Public Housing.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 8-68f of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

[Not later than July 1, 1990, the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall establish, for housing owned or operated by a] Each housing authority which receives financial assistance under any state housing program [, uniform minimum standards for (1) housing authority leases, (2) housing authority tenant grievance procedures, (3)] shall, for housing which it owns and operates, (1) provide each of its tenants with a written lease, (2) adopt a procedure for hearing tenant complaints and grievances, (3) adopt procedures for soliciting tenant comment on proposed changes in housing authority policies and procedures, including changes to its lease and to its admission and occupancy policies, and (4) encourage tenant participation in the housing authority's operation of state housing programs, including, where appropriate, the facilitation of tenant participation in the management of housing projects. If such housing authority operates both a federal and a state assisted housing program, it shall use the same procedure for hearing tenant grievances in both programs. The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to establish uniform minimum standards for the requirements in this section.

Approved June 1, 2000