Colorado sex assault and stalking victims can break their residential leases under law signed by Hickenlooper
Victims of sexual assault and stalking in Colorado will be able to break their residential rental agreements under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. John Hickenlooper. Before, only victims of domestic abuse were allowed under state statute to end their leases while under duress. House Bill 1035 was sponsored by Rep.
Stalking or sexual assault victims living in a rental apartment where the crime took place aren’t legally allowed to break their lease even if they live dangerously close to the perpetrator in question. Individuals in this situation are forced to choose between financial ruin and being traumatized again and again in a residence where their physical safety and mental well-being are at risk.