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Housing

Written by Amy Smith. Posted in Domestic Violence and Law

If you rent from a landlord, you have certain rights
around issues like eviction, conditions of your unit,
etc. If you receive assistance for your housing such
as Section 8/Housing Choice voucher or if you live
in a public housing complex, you have additional
rights related to renting, eviction, and moving. For
example, there are rules limiting a landlord’s ability to
evict survivors because of violence. And if you have a
Housing Choice voucher, you have specific rights to
transfer to other safe housing. For more information,
go to www.odvn.org. There are no specific rights
under Ohio law to get someone off a lease, or to get
out of a lease because of domestic or sexual violence,
but you can sometimes still accomplish this with the
help of an attorney.

If you rent from a landlord, you have certain rights around issues like eviction, conditions of your unit, etc. If you receive assistance for your housing such as Section 8/Housing Choice voucher or if you live in a public housing complex, you have additional rights related to renting, eviction, and moving. For example, there are rules limiting a landlord’s ability to evict survivors because of violence. And if you have a Housing Choice voucher, you have specific rights to transfer to other safe housing. There are no specific rights under Ohio law to get someone off a lease, or to get out of a lease because of domestic or sexual violence, but you can sometimes still accomplish this with the help of an attorney.  For more information, go to http://www.ohiolegalservices.org/public/legal_problem/housing/landlord-tenant-issues  for Landlord/Tenant Info; go to http://www.legalmomentum.org/assets/pdfs/housing-1.pdf   or  http://www.odvn.org/images/stories/VAWA_Housing_Brochure_FINAL.pdf   for rights for victims in subsidized housing.