SECTION 1 (TITLE):
This act shall be known as the The Right to Call for Help Act.

SECTION 2 (PURPOSE):
This Act removes the threat of punishment and eviction for crime victims and people in emergency situations who call local emergency services for help

SECTION 3 (PROVISIONS):

(a) A landlord shall not prohibit or limit a resident’s or tenant’s rights to summon law enforcement assistance or other emergency assistance by or on behalf of a victim of abuse, a victim of a crime, or an individual in an emergency.

(b) A landlord shall not impose monetary or other penalties on a resident or tenant who exercises the resident’s or tenant’s right under section (a) above to summon law enforcement assistance or other emergency assistance. A resident or tenant may not waive and a landlord may not require waiver of the rights created in (a) above. Any purported waiver is contrary to public policy and void.

(c) Penalties prohibited by section (b) include all of the following:

(d) This section does not prohibit a landlord from terminating, evicting, or refusing to renew a tenancy or rental agreement when such action is premised upon grounds other than the resident’s or tenant’s exercise of the right to summon law enforcement assistance or other emergency assistance by or on behalf of a victim of abuse, a victim of a crime, or an individual in an emergency.

(e) An ordinance, rule, or regulation of a city, county, or other governmental entity shall not authorize imposition of a penalty against a resident, owner, tenant, or landlord because the resident, owner, tenant, or landlord was a victim of abuse or crime.

(f) An ordinance, rule, or regulation of a city, county, or other governmental entity shall not authorize imposition of a penalty against a resident, owner, tenant or landlord because the resident, owner, tenant or landlord sought law enforcement assistance or other emergency assistance for a victim of abuse, a victim of a crime, or an individual in an emergency, if either of the following is established:

(g) Penalties prohibited by section (e) and (f) include all of the following:

(h) This subsection does not prohibit a city, county, or other governmental entity from enforcing any ordinance, rule, or regulation premised upon grounds other than a request for law enforcement assistance or other emergency assistance by a resident, owner, tenant, or landlord, or the fact that the resident, owner, tenant, or landlord was a victim of crime or abuse.

(i) In addition to other remedies provided by law, if an owner or landlord, including a city, county, or other governmental entity violates the provisions of this act, a resident or tenant is entitled to recover from the owner or landlord any of the following: