Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination Denial of a rental unit or offering different terms and conditions for rental aren't the only way in which households that are headed by females suffer discrimination. Some other forms of discrimination based on gender include
repeated comments of a sexual nature after tenant has made clear that these are unwanted or improper
demands for sexual favors
intrusive inspections of personal belongings
abusive language that identifies a gender stereotype (you know the words...)
voyerism, peeping, lurking and stalking.
Landlord or property manager is responsible for the actions of employees and contractors. If someone on the premises working for the landlord is acting improperly report the situation to the landlord/manager immediately IN WRITING and ask for a written response. You may also want to call the police if you believe that you are in danger.
Because many times this form of discrimination occurs one-on-one, it is important to document incidents in writing as quickly as possible and to put the perpetrator on notice that the behavior is UNWANTED. Witnesses can be helpful. Recording an incident is legal in Ohio.
Protections Extended Since 2005 the
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has provided additional housing
rights for victims of domestic violence living in HUD assisted housing.
year, VAWA was renewed and extended
to provide protections to households living in USDA and Low Income
Housing Tax Credit Housing as well as the range of HUD programs
previously covered by the Act (referred to as “covered housing.”)
What are the basic
housing protections for victims of domestic violence?
Prohibits an applicant
from being denied admission to covered housing or a tenant from
being terminated from housing on the basis that the applicant or
tenant is or has been a victim of domestic violence, dating
violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Defines an incident of
actual or threatened domestic violence, dating violence, sexual
assault or stalking as NOT CONSTITUTING as a serious or repeated
violation of the lease by the victim and will not be good cause for
terminating the assistance or tenancy of the victim.
Prohibits any person
from being denied assistance, tenancy or occupancy rights to housing
solely on the basis of criminal activity, if that activity is
directly related to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual
assault or stalking engaged in by a household member, guest or any
person under the tenant’s control, if the tenant or affiliated
individual of the tenant is the victim.
transfers of households if the tenant reasonably believes that
she/he is threatened with imminent harm from further violence if
she/he remains within the same assisted dwelling unit, or if a
sexual assault occurred on the premises within 90 days before the
PHAs, owners and
managers of the covered housing programs may terminate assistance to
any tenant or lawful occupant who engages in criminal acts of
violence against an affiliated individual or others without
penalizing the survivor who is also a tenant or lawful occupant.
Opportunities for People with Aids (HOPWA);
Act programs (homeless programs)
of Agriculture Rural Development (RD) multifamily housing programs.
Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)
How Important is VAWA
Protection? Enterprise Foundation notes: “Domestic violence rates
have fallen by 67 percent between 1993 and 2010, and we believe that
VAWA was a key contributor to that reduction. There is still much
more work that needs to be done, particularly given that the decline
has since leveled off and significant reductions in federal funding
For more information on
VAWA protections see the documents appended at the bottom of this page.