Housing Rights for Survivors

Sexual assault survivors may want to move to protect their safety. If you live in on-campus housing, and want to move, you can request an accommodation from your Title IX coordinator. If you live off-campus in place where you pay rent – an apartment, for example – you have the right to break your lease early if you’ve been sexually assaulted, without having to pay additional rent.

To do that, you have to follow specific procedures. They are not complicated, but you should read Washington Law Help’s guide, Landlord Tenant Issues for Survivors, so that you understand what you need to do to protect your rights. That guide also has sample letters for you to use in that process.

If you have trouble getting a landlord or a housing manager to comply with the law, you can contact an attorney to help you.

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