Success! AB 418 Signed into Law
Extending Tenant Protections for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Amazing news! Our priority housing bill, AB 418, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown! This strengthens early lease termination provisions for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, and elder/dependent adult abuse. If a survivor is a tenant in an unsafe living environment, they will be able to break the lease with a statement from a counselor or caseworker. AB 418 made this provision permanent (it was due to sunset in 2016). On top of that, this law reduces a survivor’s rent obligation from 30 days to 14 days. We’re very appreciative of Assemblymember David Chiu for authoring this bill!
Just before AB 418 passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Partnership’s Krista Niemczyk shared two survivor stories that highlight the critical need for for this bill. Watch her testimony below. Please note: these stories contain some descriptions of violence.