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NSAA Opposes AB284, Supports Victims of Domestic Violence
Published on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 (3:22 p.m.)For Immediate Release
Nevada State Apartment Association Opposes AB284, Supports Victims of Domestic Violence
LAS VEGAS, NV - AB 284 seeks to provide for the early termination of certain rental agreements by victims of domestic violence. While the bill purports to protect a victim of domestic violence, it fails to take into consideration the safety of the community as a whole.
The Nevada State Apartment Association (NSAA) supports the protection of victims of domestic violence, as well as all residents of apartment communities. Unfortunately, AB 284 as written does not protect the victim, other residents, or the community at large. The Association has offered amendments and will continue to engage in the legislative process so as to reach our common goal: the protection of our apartment community members.
Under AB 284, a victim of domestic violence seeking to terminate a rental agreement and vacate the premises must provide the landlord with a simple written statement from a qualified third party. A police report or protection order is not required.
- Without a police report or protection order, the perpetrator of domestic violence is not held accountable.
- Without such accountability, the perpetrator of domestic violence is free to remain in our communities, and to continue to commit these acts of violence against future victims.
- Without such accountability, the perpetrator of domestic violence is free to remain in our communities, potentially subjecting the original victim to further acts of violence.
Simply stated, AB 284 best protects the perpetrators of domestic violence, and these criminals should not be left in our communities to do further harm. AB 284 is not fairly drafted to protect the victim and the landlord alike, nor is drafted to identify and prosecute those persons who commit the crime of domestic violence.
Similarly, a bill which passed unanimously (AB 307) with a 39-0 vote states:
A victim must file a report with the appropriate law enforcement agency or submit to a forensic medical examination pursuant to NRS 217.300 as a prerequisite for the victim or any other person eligible to qualify for treatment under the provisions of this section.
“The Nevada State Apartment Association wants to work with the legislators who drafted AB 284 to ensure the laws regarding domestic violence are consistent. Currently, these two bills do not convey the same message”, states NSAA President Lizza Castro. “We merely seek equal treatment under the law to ensure fairness to and protection of both the victim of domestic violence and landlords, as well as the community at large”, Castro added.
Additionally, on April 25, 2013 Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto released the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Statewide Team (AG-DVFRST) first annual report, which included 17 recommendations that will be submitted to the Governor, Nevada Legislature and other key stakeholders. One of those recommendations is to improve processes/procedures for temporary protection orders for victims of domestic violence.
For more information on the Nevada State Apartment Association, contact Michael Fazio at 702-436-7662 or [email protected] Visit Nevada State Apartment Association online at www.nvsaa.org.
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The Nevada State Apartment Association (NSAA) is a non-profit organization who provides the Nevada multi-housing industry with legislative support, education and community outreach to benefit our membership and the communities we serve. The NSAA is devoted to supporting the diversity, integrity and ever-changing environment of the multi-family industry.