Domestic Violence and Housing – Your Rights

In Arkansas, a landlord cannot:

  • refuse to enter into a rental agreement,
  • terminate a lease,
  • fail to renew a lease, or
  • evict a tenant

if their decision is based solely on the fact that the tenant has been a victim of domestic violence.

In addition to anti-discrimination laws, Arkansas rental laws provide the following protections for tenants who are survivors of domestic abuse:

  • Changing Locks

Tenants who have been victims of domestic violence are entitled to have their locks changed, at their expense, as long as they notify the landlord and provide them with a new key.

  • Damages

Landlords can seek damages from the abuser caused by an incident of domestic abuse and for any unpaid rent owed by the abuser.

  • Law Enforcement

Landlords cannot prohibit or penalize tenants for calling the police or emergency services in a domestic violence situation.

  • Court Order

If the court orders the abuser to stay away from a victim, and the abuser lives in the same house as the victim, the landlord can evict the abuser or forbid them from coming into the home.

If you are a domestic violence survivor and you are facing a housing issue, you do not have to go through the process alone. Peace at Home’s legal department can help you find legal representation, accompany you to the court hearing, and help you develop a safety plan. Call 479.442.9811 to speak with an advocate about legal services.

2 Responses to Domestic Violence and Housing – Your Rights

  1. Where can I find low really low or free housing for me and my 3 kids. I have no family here and I need to leave my husband I have no money or work as he doesn’t allow me to I’ve tried to fill out online but it keeps redirecting me to useless websites I need a place to go that’s my own until I can get a job I have 3 kids all below the age of 6 they need to be somewhere that’s not stressful as they are my main focus

    • Thank you for reaching out to us! You can find lots of information about affordable housing through Fayetteville Housing Authority (https://fayettevillehousingauthority.org). You can also contact one of our housing advocates at 479-442-9811 for more information on Peace at Home’s shelter and other organizations/resources that may be able to help as well.

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