Gov. John Hickenlooper signs bill by Greeley’s John Cooke to help victims of sexual assault, stalking
June 2, 2017
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. Dominique Jackson, an Aurora Democrat, and Sen. John Cooke, a Greeley Republican.
To protect against potential fraud, the bill requires that anyone seeking to break their lease provide one of three documents: a police report or protection order; a statement from a medical professional confirming the victim's status; or a statement from the state's address confidentiality program confirming that the victim has applied for help.
Supporters of the legislation — backed by the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault — say one of the key groups protected by the bill is tenants who are stalked or sexually assaulted by their landlords.
"It's now the law," Jackson said in a post to her Facebook page. "People who are experiencing sexual assault and stalking now have two new ways to 'prove' what's happening to them, without having to file a police report, and can quickly get out of their residential leases."
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