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Victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and stalking have increased rights and protections under a new housing law designed to help them be safer in their apartments or get out of a lease if that is needed to escape a perpetrator. The law, An Act Relative to Housing Rights For Victims Of Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault And Stalking, was signed by Gov. Patrick on January 3rd and went into effect April 3, 2013.
Under this new law, survivors' have the following rights:
To find out more about the provisions of this new law, download a Frequently Asked Questions about all the provisions or summaries specifically about the Lock Change Provisions and the Lease Change Provisions.
Read more about this new law in our blog post New protections for survivors in Massachusetts.