Section 8 voucher protections allow for landlords to rent affordably to tenants, who are helped with rent subsidy from Home Foreword. low income areas. Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), these victims of violence are granted the following domestic violence victims section 8 voucher protections:
- Tenants cannot be denied a voucher on the basis of being domestic or dating violence victims.
- Landlords cannot refuse to accept a tenant application on the basis of them being domestic or dating violence victims.
- Acts or threats of a tenant’s abuser cannot be the cause of a tenant’s eviction
- Landlords must show immediate threat of safety to other tenants and staff if they want to evict a tenant because of criminal activity directly relating to domestic, or dating violence, or revoke their section 8 voucher.
- If you and your abuser are living together, your landlord may evict your abuser for their acts of domestic violence, you cannot be evicted or penalized unless there is a proven immediate threat of safety to other tenants and staff.
- Landlords must give tenants 14 business days to collect proof of being victims of domestic violence when requested.
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