Landlord and tenant law; tenant remedies. (SB377)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Landlord and tenant law; tenant remedies. Provides that if a landlord unlawfully removes or excludes a tenant from leased premises or causes an interruption of utility services for leased premises, the tenant may obtain an order from general district court to recover the greater of (i) the actual damages sustained by the tenant or (ii) statutory damages in the amount of $500 in addition to a reasonable attorney fee. Under current law, monetary damages are limited to actual damages and a reasonable attorney fee. The bill also provides that the court may terminate the lease where a tenant (a) asserts the existence of a condition or conditions that constitute a material noncompliance by the landlord with the rental agreement and (b) requests termination. Under current law, the courts may decide to terminate the lease without a request for termination by the tenant . Read the Bill »


03/09/2016: Passed the General Assembly


01/11/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101054D
01/11/2016Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/18/2016Rereferred from Courts of Justice (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2016Rereferred to General Laws and Technology
01/21/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB377)
01/25/2016Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2016Committee substitute printed 16104404D-S1
01/27/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2016Read second time
01/28/2016Reading of substitute waived
01/28/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104404D-S1
01/28/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB377S1
01/29/2016Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2016Placed on Calendar
02/03/2016Read first time
02/03/2016Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/16/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB377S1)
02/17/2016Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #1
02/23/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 0-N)
03/01/2016Reported from General Laws (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2016Read second time
03/04/2016Read third time
03/04/2016Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
03/04/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB377ER)
03/07/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB377ER)
03/07/2016Signed by Speaker
03/09/2016Signed by President
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, April 11, 2016
03/11/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/11/16
03/11/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016