Federal Violence Against Women Act May Prevent Tenant's Eviction

February 1, 2009
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The Section 8 program is a federal program that helps people with low income pay rent to a private apartment owner. While a Section 8 tenant may have a lease with you, the tenant will also have a contract with a housing agency that pays part of your rent and “administers” the voucher. If you have some tenants who participate in the Section 8 voucher program, there is a federal law that may inhibit your ability to evict them. The federal law is the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which added important housing provisions in 2005 that may affect you.

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