Survey on improving housing protections for DV survivors

Currently, survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking who want to break their leases without being penalized must have certain documentation. This documentation is limited to either a police report or restraining order. There is no requirement that landlords keep this documentation confidential. We are gathering information on the need to expand the permissible documentation so that more survivors are able to terminate their leases and move to safe homes. We are also seeking feedback on the need to keep this documentation confidential. For more information, please contact Meliah Schultzman at mschultzman@nhlp.org or 415-546-7000 x. 3116

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* 1. Please indicate your name, organization, and city.

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* 2. Have you ever encountered a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking who needed to break his or her lease, but did not have a restraining order or police report?

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* 3. If you answered “yes,” did the victim experience negative consequences as a result, such as inability to break the lease, financial penalties, staying in an unsafe situation, delays in being able to move out, or threats of eviction for moving out before the lease ended?

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* 4. If possible, please share a brief summary of what happened. All identifying details should be redacted. If you need to consult with the client first, you can still submit stories by emailing Meliah Schultzman at mschultzman@nhlp.org

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* 5. In addition to a police report or restraining order, what other types of documentation should be allowed for tenants who need to break their leases due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking?

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* 6. Have you seen instances where a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking was negatively affected because a landlord disclosed the fact that the survivor had broken his or her lease? For example, the survivor had difficulty finding another apartment, the survivor was denied alternative housing, or the survivor’s safety was compromised.

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* 7. If possible, please share a brief summary of what happened. All identifying details should be redacted. If you need to consult with the client first, you can still submit stories by emailing Meliah Schultzman at mschultzman@nhlp.org

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