NEW tenancy laws have come into effect in New South Wales, allowing victims of domestic violence to break their lease without being penalised.
Under the reform, tenants who provide a domestic violence termination notice along with evidence to support their claim will no longer have to pay any remaining rent or other fees that come with breaking a lease.
The new laws allow medical practitioners to declare that tenants or their children are victims of domestic violence. This declaration can then be used as one of the acceptable forms of evidence of domestic violence.
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Other evidence can include a certificate of conviction, family law injunction, provisional, interim or final domestic violence order.
Landlords or their agents are also prohibited from listing a tenant on a tenancy database if they ended a tenancy in circumstances of domestic violence.
Previously, victims of domestic violence in New South Wales needed to apply to a tribunal or court for an order before they could end a lease early.
This is still the case for all other states and territories, except Western Australia.
You can read the full details here.