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Housing Laws

Housing Laws

In many states, there are housing laws that offer protections and benefits to victims of domestic violence. For example, a victim may be able to break a lease without financial penalty or the law may demand that a landlord change the victims’ locks to keep an abuser out. Other laws may outlaw discrimination against a victim of abuse who wants to become a tenant or may prevent a landlord from evicting a victim of abuse due to repeated police visits to the home.

You can find state-specific information about housing laws on WomensLaw.org for the states listed in the drop-down menu above.  

For states that are not listed on WomensLaw.org, you can find the language of relevant laws in the National Housing Law Project’s State and Local Law Compendium. (Please note that WomensLaw.org is not affiliated with this website and cannot vouch for the information contained on it.)