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Question: Can a victim of stalking or sexual assault get out of his or her lease?

Answer: Apropos of the above cartoon, the answer in Colorado shall soon be yes. During the recent legislative session, the Colorado House and Senate passed a new law adding victims of stalking and sexual assault to victims of domestic violence as persons who may vacate their rentals and terminate their leases regardless of the terms of the written leases. Victims must provide their landlord with a police report or statement from a qualified medical professional and must actually vacate. Once they move out, the lease is terminated and the tenant's liability will be limited to one additional month’s rent beyond the move-out date. Governor Hickenlooper is expected to sign the bill into law shortly.

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