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Connecticut General Statutes Title 47. Land and Land Titles § 47-301. Community land trust.  Purposes.  Powers

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(a) A community land trust shall have as one of its purposes the holding of land and the leasing of such land for the purpose of preserving the long-term eligibility and accessibility of housing predominantly for very low income, low income and moderate income persons and families.  Aggregate family income shall be determined at the time the lessee enters into a ground lease with the lessor.  A community land trust shall have, in addition to all powers granted to it under chapter 602,   1 the power to buy and sell land, to mortgage and otherwise encumber land and to enter into renewable or self-extending ground leases with an initial term of up to ninety-nine years.

(b) The bylaws of a community land trust shall provide that:  (1) The trust is an organization open to members of the general public who support the organization's goals and purposes;  (2) no more than thirty per cent of the members of the organization may be persons who reside outside of the municipality or municipalities in which the community land trust operates;  (3) the membership shall elect at least fifty-one per cent of the governing board of the community land trust;  (4) at least twenty-five per cent but no more than forty per cent of the governing board shall be lessees, representatives elected by lessees or residents of eligible housing located on land owned by the community land trust, provided prior to the organization having at least five units of housing, the governing board shall appoint persons to represent the lessees;  and (5) the remaining members of the governing board, if any, may be appointed by elected public officials to the extent set forth in the bylaws.

(c) A community land trust shall hold title to land and lease such land to very low income, low income and moderate income persons and families, limited equity cooperatives or other corporations, provided the terms of any such ground lease shall give the community land trust the first option to purchase any building or improvement on such land, or any condominium or cooperative unit therein, at a limited equity price set forth in the ground lease.

(d) A community land trust may charge a lease fee to the lessee.  Such fee shall be determined by the community land trust and may include property taxes and any other assessments made on the land, an administrative fee and a land use fee.  The method of determining the lease fee shall be set forth in the ground lease.  Nothing in this section shall prohibit a state, local or other funding agency or a lender from placing in escrow all or part of the lease fee.

1  C.G.S.A. § 33-1000 et seq.

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