House passes lease protections for domestic violence victims

Published: Feb. 24, 2016 at 4:59 PM EST
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The Kentucky House has passed legislation that would allow domestic-violence victims to break rental agreements without fear of penalty to get away from their abusers.

Rep. Joni Jenkins, the bill's lead sponsor, says it would remove barriers some victims face in leaving abusive relationships. The measure passed the House on a 90-3 vote Wednesday and now goes to the Senate.

To qualify for the lease-breaking protection, a victim would have to go to court and obtain a long-term protective order and then give 30 days' written notice to the landlord.

The bill also would protect people from being evicted solely because they were victims of domestic or dating violence and have obtained protective orders.

The legislation is House Bill 41.