Governor Lamont’s Executive Order
Extends Protections for Renters
On June 29, 2020, Governor Lamont issued
Executive Order 7DDD
which includes an extension of the provisions in Executive Order 7X related to residential renters affected by COVID-19.
The new order provides that no notice to quit shall be issued and no summary process action shall be served or returned before August 22, 2020, except for nonpayment of rent due on or prior to February 29, 2020, or for serious nuisance as defined in Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 47a-15. Any notice to quit for nonpayment of rent that is issued before August 22 shall specify and recite the period of nonpayment of rent prior to February 29.
The new order also extends the opportunity to apply a security deposit to rent. Upon the written request of a tenant who states that he or she has become fully or partially unemployed or has otherwise sustained a significant loss in revenue or increase in expenses due to COVID-19, the landlord shall withdraw any security deposit funds that are in excess of one month’s rent, and apply those funds toward the rent that is due. A landlord who has complied with such a request may not demand that the security deposit funds be restored to the previous level, prior to the later of 1) the end of the public health emergency including any period of extension or renewal or 2) the date the rental agreement is extended or renewed.
The order became effective immediately, and shall remain in effect for the duration of the public health emergency, unless earlier modified, extended, or renewed.