What is the Utah Fit Premises Act?

The Utah Fit Premises Act is located at Chapter 22 of Title 57 of the Utah Code. Primarily, the Utah Fit Premises Act describes the duties of a landlord and the duties of a renter. It prohibits an owner from renting a dweling that is not safe, sanitary, or fit for human occupancy.

The landlord must maintain the electival systems, plumbing, heating, and hot and cold water. Fortunately, a landlord does not have to fix problems caused by the tenant or the tenant’s guests. If the owner receives a notice of deficient condition from a renter, the owner may refuse to correct the condition and terminate the rental until if the unit is unfit for occupancy. This option comes with on major caveat. That is, the renter is entitled to received the balance of the rent due and the deposit on the rental unit.

The renter has duties as well. The renter is required to maintain the premises in a clean and safe condition and use electical, plumbing, HVAC and appliances in a reasonable manner. The renter is required to follow all terms of the agreement including keeping the rent current.

A renter is forbiden from damaging the property and interfering with the peaceful enjoyment of the other tenants.

The Utah Fit Premises Act also provides the tenant with certain remedies in the event the landlord violates any provisions of the act. However, a renter may not use any of these remedies unless he or she is in compliance with all terms of the lease. Of course, this is an important condition. If one of your tenants recently gave you a Eviction Notices, there is a good chance the tenants has defaulted on the lease. In my experience, the tenants who post these notices are more often than not behind on their rent or violating the lease in some other way and posted the notice to avoid being evicted quickly.

The landlord’s remedy is a complaint for eviction. You can get an order from the cour requiring the tenant to vacate and seek damages for unpaid rent, damage to the property and your attorney fees.