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June 30, 2014: Updated State Law Compendium on Survivors’ Housing Rights

NHLP is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 edition of “Housing Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors: A State and Local Law Compendium.” This compendium, which is updated annually, is a compilation of state and local laws that provide important safeguards for survivors of domestic violence who seek to access and maintain housing. The updated compendium includes over 100 pages of new information. It is designed to serve as a starting point for advocates conducting research on the housing protections that their state and local laws offer survivors... Read More

NHLP is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 edition of “Housing Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors: A State and Local Law Compendium.” This compendium, which is updated annually, is a compilation of state and local laws that provide important safeguards for survivors of domestic violence who seek to access and maintain housing. The updated compendium includes over 100 pages of new information. It is designed to serve as a starting point for advocates conducting research on the housing protections that their state and local laws offer survivors.

Advocates can access the compendium here

Statistics gathered from the compendium:

- 19 states and localities have eviction defense laws for survivors;
- 24 states have early lease termination laws for survivors;
- 14 states have lock change laws for survivors;
- 8 states allow for lease bifurcation;
- 33 states permit courts to exclude the abuser from the housing and grant the possession of the property to the survivor;
- 15 states can require abusers to pay for or provide housing for survivors;
- 4 states impose liability on the abuser for damages to the unit, lock changes, moving expenses, and other housing costs related to the violence;
- 4 states provide relocation assistance or a right to emergency shelter for survivors;
- 40 states and localities have laws pertaining to confidentiality of housing records and documentation of survivors, or have an address confidentiality program.

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