Hastings Journal on Gender and the Law


Kristen M. Ross


Domestic violence survivors are victimized a second time when they are refused available housing or evicted from their homes because of the domestic violence committed against them. Although allowing a domestic violence survivor to remain on the property may, in certain rare incidents, pose a threat to other tenants, evicting the survivor is an extreme measure, and is unjust. This Note discusses the potential liabilities that may arise against landlords who rent to domestic violence survivors and show why such liabilities do not warrant discrimination. This Note further examines the inadequacy of state and federal laws in protecting domestic violence survivors from being further victimized by their landlords.