Survey on Domestic Violence and Renting
Renters in NSW who are experiencing domestic violence are able to take action to end their tenancy and escape the situation without facing a penalty. They are also protected from financial liability for property damage resulting from a DV offence, and from being listed on a tenancy database.
These protections have been in place in NSW tenancy law since 2019, and are critical protections to ensure renters can escape and move on from a situation of domestic violence.
Currently Fair Trading is reviewing these protections to ensure they are working as best they can. The Tenants' Union of NSW is working with Women's Legal Service NSW and Domestic Violence NSW to identify where things are working well and where they can be improved to inform our response to response to the review.
We have been collecting case studies from people who ended their tenancy in NSW using a domestic violence termination notice, as well as people who may have supported someone to end their tenancy in this way. This survey is now closed.
Until 5pm Friday, 2 December 2022, you are still able to contribute directly to the review at: haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/dv-rental-laws-review
We understand that completing this process may be triggering for some. If you have been impacted by domestic, family or sexual violence and need help, please call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). They are available 24/7.
Thank you in advance for sharing your valuable insights.