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New law will help domestic violence victims get better housing

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A 2007 Minnesota law allowed domestic violence victims to break a housing lease, but they had to jump through so many hoops it was rarely used.

A package of laws taking effect Friday will vastly expand housing protections offered to victims of domestic violence and those who face sexual violence or stalking. Abuse victims will no longer need a court order to be eligible to get out of a lease early and won't need to pay an extra month's rent.

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