Housing Rights

Your landlord may not discriminate against you because you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking and you have the right to:

  • End your lease early to move quickly;
  • Change your locks for safety; and/or
  • Ask your landlord to divide your lease in order to evict the abuser from your apartment.

Domestic Violence and Assisted Housing
If you live in public housing, Section 8 housing, or supportive for the elderly or disabled, a law called the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) may help you. VAWA protects victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. It also covers the victim’s immediate family members, except for the abuser. You don’t have to be married to or living with the abuser to be covered by VAWA.

Sexual Harassment and Housing
Under state and federal laws, it is illegal for landlords or their employees to discriminate against tenants because of their sex. They also cannot sexually harass tenants. These laws are known as “fair housing laws.” They may protect you from sexual harassment and discrimination in housing.

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