HB1120 (2020) Detail

Requiring periodic water tests of rental property.


HB 1120 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2075

05/06

 

HOUSE BILL 1120

 

AN ACT requiring periodic water tests of rental property.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. W. Thomas, Hills. 21; Rep. DesMarais, Carr. 6; Rep. Chase, Straf. 18; Rep. Frost, Straf. 16; Rep. Coursin, Rock. 1; Rep. Stack, Hills. 21; Rep. Eisner, Rock. 6; Rep. DiLorenzo, Rock. 17

 

COMMITTEE: Judiciary

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires the landlord to make certain water tests for residential property available to the tenant.  The bill also requires the landlord to install a water treatment system if the property has a well and the water does not meet water quality standards established by the department of environmental services.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2075

05/06

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT requiring periodic water tests of rental property.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  New Section; Landlord Tenant; Water Testing and Remediation Requirements.  Amend RSA 540-A by inserting after section 3-a the following new section:

540-A:3-b  Water Testing and Remediation Requirements.  The landlord of residential property shall provide a tenant or prospective tenant with a laboratory report from an accredited laboratory that demonstrates that the water supply for the property meets or exceeds current water quality standards in rules adopted by the department of environmental services.  The results of the water test shall be available to the parties at the time the lease is signed and shall be updated by the landlord annually thereafter, for the duration of the lease.  

I.  If the property uses a public water supply, providing the tenant with a copy of, or access to, the annual water quality report for the municipality shall meet the requirements of this section.

II.  If the property has a private well, the landlord shall obtain an annual water test from an accredited laboratory that includes the level of arsenic, radon, and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAs).  If the well water does not meet the water quality standards established by the department of environmental services, the landlord shall be responsible for installing a water treatment system which filters contaminants to levels that meet such standards.  

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2021.

Links

HB1120 at GenCourtMobile
HB1120 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 14, 2020 House Hearing
Jan. 30, 2020 House Hearing
Feb. 18, 2020 House Exec Session
March 3, 2020 House Exec Session

Bill Text Revisions

HB1120 Revision: 6753 Date: Dec. 2, 2019, 9:58 a.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 8, 2020 Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Judiciary HJ 1 P. 10
Jan. 14, 2020 ==RECESSED== Public Hearing: 01/14/2020 10:00 am LOB 208
Jan. 30, 2020 ==CONTINUED== Public Hearing: 01/30/2020 10:00 am LOB 208
Feb. 18, 2020 ==RECESSED== Executive Session: 02/18/2020 01:00 pm LOB 208
March 3, 2020 ==CONTINUED== Executive Session: 03/03/2020 01:00 pm LOB 208