Arizona rape victims were trapped in their leases, until now



By Rebekah L. Sanders | Arizona Republic

An Arizona woman who was raped by a neighbor and then trapped in her apartment lease by a state law is making sure no more sexual-assault victims have to suffer in that way.

She worked with state lawmakers to change an Arizona statute that requires tenants to pay fees to break a lease, which can total thousands of dollars and make moving financially impossible for some.

The law already contained an exception for domestic-abuse victims. Starting Aug. 3, sexual-assault victims also will be allowed to break leases without paying termination fees.


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