Florida Senate - 2018 SB 612 By Senator Steube 23-00814-18 2018612__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to sexual offenders; creating s. 3 83.495, F.S.; providing a short title; defining terms; 4 requiring that all residential rental agreements of a 5 certain duration contain a distinct and prominent 6 disclosure statement regarding the employment of 7 sexual offenders; requiring that the disclosure 8 statement contain an acknowledgement of receipt to be 9 signed by the tenant in the presence of a witness; 10 requiring the disclosure statement to be maintained 11 within the tenant file and available to the tenant 12 upon request; providing that the rental agreement is 13 not complete until the acknowledgement of receipt in 14 the disclosure statement has been signed by the 15 tenant; authorizing a tenant to cancel the agreement 16 within a specified period of time and to receive a 17 refund of all deposit moneys without penalty if the 18 agreement disclosed the employment of a sexual 19 offender; authorizing a tenant to void a rental 20 agreement at any time if such disclosure was not made; 21 requiring that all deposit moneys less a deduction for 22 certain damages be returned to the tenant upon the 23 tenant’s request under such circumstances; requiring 24 the disclosure statement, including the 25 acknowledgement of receipt, to be updated upon renewal 26 of a residential rental agreement; providing an 27 effective date. 28 29 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 30 31 Section 1. Section 83.495, Florida Statutes, is created to 32 read: 33 83.495 Duty to warn residential rental tenants of a sex 34 offender with access to premises.— 35 (1) This section may be cited as “The Florida Sex Offender 36 Rental Notification Act.” 37 (2) As used in this section, the term: 38 (a) “Employee” includes an owner, landlord, manager, and 39 maintenance or other personnel who have or are entitled to have 40 access by key, access code, or other means of entry into a 41 rental residence. 42 (b) “Sexual offender” has the same meaning as in s. 43 943.0435(1)(h)1.a.(I). 44 (3) All residential rental agreements having a duration of 45 five or more consecutive days must contain a distinct and 46 prominent disclosure statement that advises the tenant of all of 47 the following: 48 (a) Whether all employees have been screened for offenses 49 qualifying under s. 943.0435, and, if so, whether they are 50 subject to annual rescreening. 51 (b) The manner, method, and date of all employee screenings 52 performed pursuant to this section, including the jurisdictions 53 searched, for offenses qualifying under 943.0435. 54 (c) The results of the screening, specifically identifying 55 the name, job description, and offense of any employee who is a 56 sexual offender. 57 (4) The disclosure statement must contain an 58 acknowledgement of receipt to be signed by the tenant in the 59 presence of a witness. The disclosure statement must be 60 maintained within the tenant file and available to the tenant 61 upon request. 62 (5) A residential rental agreement that is subject to this 63 section is not deemed complete until the tenant signs the 64 acknowledgement of receipt contained in the disclosure 65 statement. 66 (6) If the disclosure statement identifies an employee as a 67 sexual offender, a tenant may cancel the residential rental 68 agreement within 3 business days after completing it, and all 69 deposit moneys must be returned to the tenant without penalty. 70 (7) A residential rental agreement is voidable by the 71 tenant at any time if the disclosure statement failed to 72 disclose the employment of a sexual offender who was employed at 73 the time that the disclosure statement was prepared. In the 74 event the residential rental agreement is voided, all deposit 75 moneys, less any amount payable for physical damage to the 76 property caused by the tenant, must be returned to the tenant 77 upon his or her request without penalty and without regard to 78 any remaining tenant obligation under the rental agreement. 79 (8) The disclosure statement required in this section, 80 including the acknowledgement of receipt, must be updated upon 81 renewal of a residential rental agreement. 82 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.