Rental perks for divorcing tenants

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Q: My husband and I signed a yearlong lease a few months ago. I’ve just learned that he’s been cheating on me with a longtime girlfriend. I’m devastated and want him to leave as I seek a divorce, and he’s agreed to move out. Our landlord says that if I can’t come up with the entire rent on my own, she’ll evict me. In fact, my husband made most of the money and I don’t think I can come up with that much money. Aren’t there legal protections for tenants in a situation like this? –Ellen S.

A: Federal law protects divorced people from discrimination. Landlords generally may not refuse to rent to someone or set unusually onerous rental terms just because the prospective tenant is divorced. Many state laws have similar protections.