Bill Expanding Housing Rights of Abuse Victims Moves Forward in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Victims of domestic abuse may soon have new protections from being evicted in Philadelphia, under a bill approved today by a City Council committee.

Some dramatic testimony dominated the hearing.  Several women who have been abused by their husbands or ex-husbands testified that they couldn’t get out of leases when they tried to move.

“There were several times when, as a renter, I was not able to escape the abuse and not able to break the lease — which made it difficult for me to leave or even find a new place,” said Vernetta Burger.

Others told Council that they faced the opposite problem: forced eviction when a landlord sided with a husband.

The Council committee gave preliminary approval to a bill that addresses both circumstances, allowing an abuse victim to be let out of a lease with documented proof, and preventing evictions of abuse victims.

The measure will go up for a final vote by the full City Council next month.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio 1060

Top Content On CBSPhilly

More from Mike Dunn

More From CBS Philly

Latest Forecast
Weather App

Watch & Listen LIVE