Rehousing support letter - domestic violence

Note: tenancy law changed on 23rd March 2020. All our factsheets are up to date, but sample letters are still under review.

You can use this sample letter when you are someone working with a client who needs urgent rehousing in social housing because they are experiencing domestic violence in their current social housing home.

Cut and paste the template letter below or download a copy from the link above. Remember to substitute your details for the details contained in [square brackets].


[Team leader’s name]
Team Leader, [name of local office]
Housing NSW

Dear …

Re: Application for immediate rehousing for [name]

I am writing on behalf of [name of client]. [name of client] signed a tenancy agreement with Housing NSW at [address of premises] on [date].

On [date], [name of client] and [number, age and sex of dependant children] were forced to leave the premises because of the violence of [her/his] de-facto [name of de-facto] towards [name of client]. Since that time [name of client] has been housed in a refuge. [name of de-facto] continues to occupy the premises.

[Name of client] has obtained an apprehended violence order. A copy of this order is attached. [Name of client] urgently needs rehousing. [She/he] does not wish to return to the premises. [She/he] would like to be relocated to the [location] suburbs to be close to [her/his] relatives. As [she/he] has [number of children] [she/he] requests [number of bedrooms] bedrooms.

I attach the following documents in support of [her/his] application:

-    a copy of the apprehended violence order

-    a statutory declaration by [name of client], dated [date]

-    a supporting document from [name of refuge], dated [date]

-    a letter from Dr [name of Dr] of [address], dated [date]

-    a Housing NSW Transfer Application, dated [date]

-    a Housing NSW Locational Needs Assessment, dated [date]

-    a Housing NSW Medical Assessment, dated [date].

I would appreciate your urgent attention to this matter. Please contact me by phone [phone number], fax [fax number] or email [email address] if you would like any further details.

Yours sincerely

[Tenants Worker]



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