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Connecticut Tenant Right to Implement Energy Conservation

The Connecticut General Statutes Chapter 830 Section 47a-13a offers the following rights to a tenant who wishes to save money on energy costs:

Implementation of Energy Conservation Measures

(a) A tenant of any dwelling unit may, in accordance with subsection (b) of this section, at no cost to the landlord, implement or authorize the implementation of energy conservation measures in his dwelling unit or in any other part of the building which affects the tenant’s level of energy consumption, which would otherwise require the consent of the landlord.

Written Notice is Required

(b) In order to implement energy conservation measures under this section, the tenant or entity administering any energy conservation or weatherization program shall give written notice of the intent to implement such measures to the landlord by certified mail, return receipt requested. Unless the landlord gives written notice of his disapproval of such implementation by certified mail, return receipt requested, within twenty days of the giving of notice to him, such energy conservation measures may be implemented, provided that, to the extent his consent would otherwise be necessary, no such disapproval shall be effective as to the installation of removable weatherstripping around doors and windows, removable interior storm windows and insulation wrap around hot water heating tanks.

No Authorization or Waiver Implied

(c) Nothing in this section shall

  • (1) authorize the tenant to make structural changes to the building;
  • (2) relieve the tenant or the landlord of their responsibilities and liabilities under sections 47a-7 and 47a-11; or
  • (3) restrict the availability to the tenant of any other remedies which exist under any other law.

Conn. Gen. Stat. Title 47a Ch 830 Sec 47a-13a.

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