New Kansas law helps domestic violence victims out of leases without crazy costs

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has signed a bill into law that will protect domestic violence victims who must unexpectedly break a lease. 

“Kansans dealing with abusive domestic situations don’t always have time to plan their next move,” Kelly said. “When they need to leave a dangerous situation quickly, this legislation ensures landlords can’t discriminate, can’t evict, and can’t charge unreasonable fees for breaking a lease.”

Senate Bill 78 creates certain rights or benefits under an insurance policy on residential real estate and protections related to housing for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, or stalking. Under the law, landlords cannot deny housing or evict someone for being a victim, if they otherwise qualify. Victims who must leave the property immediately will not be liable for future rent if certain conditions are met.

“We must do all we can to encourage women and men to leave abusive relationships,” Kelly said. “These are our friends and neighbors and they need our support.”

This legislation will become effective upon its publication in the Kansas Statute Book.

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