Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking are entitled to certain protections under Oregon landlord-tenant law and federal legislation regarding non-discrimination. Under these laws, survivors are not to be discriminated against for the violence perpetrated against them. They also provide avenues for breaking or splitting leases to help facilitate escape from an abusive situation or to legally remove perpetrators.
Fair Housing and Domestic Violence Shelters
Fair housing laws are civil rights laws that apply to housing. Many nonprofit organizations are not fully aware of these laws which cover all housing, including long-and short-term housing and shelter programs. This short guide is intended to give general guidance and address common areas of confusion. It is not a substitute for professional legal advice. Organizations seeking help with a particular issue can contact the Fair Housing Council of Oregon for general information or their attorney for specific legal advice.
For more information, please see:
- Fair Housing Council of Oregon: Domestic Violence advocates for survivors’ housing-related legal protections, as provided under state and federal law. FHCO also answers fair housing-related questions through its hotline.
- State Law Compendium: Housing Rights of Domestic Violence Survivors is a compilation of state and local laws that affect domestic violence survivors’ housing rights. It is designed to serve as a starting point for advocates seeking to conduct research on the housing protections that their state laws offer for domestic violence survivors.
Transitional housing programs