Direct Services Glossary
Building and Housing codes - include any law, ordinance or governmental regulation concerning fitness for habitation or the construction, maintenance, operation, occupancy, use or appearance of any premises or dwelling unit.
Connecticut Fair Housing Act – refers to state statutory provisions that govern the prohibition of discrimination in the sale or rental of a dwelling to any buyer or renter. Connecticut general statutes, Section 46a-64c through 46a-81e define the enforcement of the Act. Connecticut antidiscrimination laws have substantial equivalency to the federal Fair Housing Act.
EPP/RB Program – Eviction Prevention Program/Rent Bank Program
Escrow account - means any account at a financial institution which is not subject to execution by the creditors of the person in whose name such account is maintained and includes a clients' funds account.
Fair Housing Act – refers to Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended, and known as the federal Fair Housing Act (42 USC 3600-3620).
Lawful source of income - means income derived from Social Security, supplemental security income, housing assistance (including Section 8 and State RAP housing vouchers), child support, alimony or public or state-administered general assistance.
NTQ – Notice to Quit possession or occupancy of premises; the first notice served on a tenant or occupant who is getting evicted.
Protected class - refers to a group of people, based on characteristics that the people share, such as race, religion, disability, etc., who are protected by the state and federal fair housing laws prohibiting illegal discrimination.
Roomer - a person occupying a dwelling unit, which unit does not include a refrigerator, stove, kitchen sink, toilet and shower or bathtub and one or more of these facilities are used in common by other occupants in the structure.
Security deposit - any advance rental payment other than an advance payment for the first month's rent and a deposit for a key or any special equipment.
Summary Process Eviction – the legal procedure landlords must follow to evict tenants by obtaining a court order. Some of the legal notices landlords must issue to tenants during a summary process eviction are the Notice to Quit (NTQ), Summons and Complaint, and Notice of Ejectment.
Summons and Complaint – the legal papers served on a tenant or occupant by a State Marshal starting the summary process eviction action; a tenant must respond to these papers by the Return Date if the tenant wants to contest the eviction or request more time to move from his/her rental unit.
Superior Court Housing Session - judicial districts within Connecticut where all legal proceedings involving housing matters take place; commonly called housing court.
Tenement house - any house or building, or portion thereof, which is rented, leased or hired out to be occupied, or is arranged or designed to be occupied, or is occupied, as the home or residence of three or more families, living independently of each other, and doing their cooking upon the premises, and having a common right in the halls, stairways or yards.
Title 47a of the Connecticut General Statutes – The Connecticut Landlord and Tenant Act