Victims of domestic violence would be able to break their leases without an early termination penalty, according to a bill that recently passed the Georgia House of Representatives.
“All too often, victims of domestic violence are asked, ‘Why didn’t you leave?’ And often, it is because they couldn’t afford to,” Holcomb said in a House speech last week. “This bill makes it possible for them to leave.”
The measure, sponsored by Rep. Mandi Ballinger, R-Canton, allows a tenant to terminate a residential lease 30 days after providing a landlord written notice when a judge has issued a protective order in a family violence case.
The House voted 166-0 to approve HB 834 on Feb. 28. The bill is now pending in the state Senate.
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