Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and California Early Lease Termination and Lock Change Laws: Information and Checklist for RAD Owners and Management Agents


The Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”) protects victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking (“VAWA Crimes”) from discrimination in accessing and maintaining federally assisted housing because of the violence committed against them. California laws require housing providers to provide early lease terminations and lock changes for victims in certain situations. This checklist outlines the basic obligations of RAD owners and their management agents under VAWA and California laws.