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State Housing Laws and Legislation to Ensure Housing Rights for Survivors of Violence Against Women

General Material

This is a compiled list of existing state laws and pending legislation that counteract the legal problems that victims of domestic violence face in obtaining housing. This document also includes measures that:

  • Prohibit housing discrimination against victims of abuse;
  • Allow a victim of domestic violence to terminate a lease early to flee an abuser;
  • Provide a defense against eviction for battered tenants in court;
  • Prohibit landlords from refusing tenants the ability to call the police; and
  • Require landlords to change the locks on a battered tenant's unit.