Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children. However, if victims simply abandon their rental property, they can accrue a debt as a result of outstanding rent and damage to the property, and be blacklisted on a residential tenancy database, making it very difficult for them to rent in the future.

New tenancy reforms strengthen the rights of domestic violence victims.

  • Victims of domestic violence can now end their tenancies immediately, without liability, by attaching specified documents to a domestic violence termination notice.
  • Victims of domestic violence are no longer vicariously liable for damage to rental properties caused by domestic violence offenders.
  • Landlords are now prohibited from listing a person who ended their tenancy by giving a domestic violence termination notice on a bad tenant database.

(Source: Law Society Journal Legal Updates & Case Notes)

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