Housing Rights for Victims of Family Violence
Are you a victim of family violence? You have rights as a tenant.
Seek police or emergency assistance in response to family violence at any time. *A landlord cannot evict or penalize you for the presence of police or emergency assistance at your residence due to family violence. A landlord cannot ask you to waive this right in a lease or at any point.
- Cannot deny you housing assistance or admission to public housing solely because you are a victim of family violence.
- Cannot terminate your housing assistance because you are a victim.
- Cannot evict you because you are a victim.
- Cannot sexually harass you. (He or she may not create a hostile living environment for you or demand sexual favors in exchange for housing assistance or repairs.)
- Must honor any court order, such as a protective order, that addresses access to or control of the property.
- May remove your abuser from the lease or your voucher, while allowing you to stay.
- Must maintain the confidentiality of any information or documents you provide.
- Must allow you to transfer your voucher to another jurisdiction for your safety.
National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800.799.SAFE or 800.787.3224 (TTY)
The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice.This project was supported by Award No. WF-04-V30-14108-09 awarded by the State of Texas, Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Family Violence Program.
If you are seeking VAWA protections from your housing provider, your housing provider may give you a written request that asks you to submit documentation about the incident or incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
In response to this request, you or someone on your behalf may complete this optional form and submit it to your housing provider,
Click the link below for a form to help you execute on your rights as a victim of domestic violence.