The proposed reforms will enable victims of domestic violence to end their tenancy immediately, without liability, by attaching a provisional, interim or final AVO or a family law injunction, to a notice of termination.
Currently co-tenants are jointly and severally liable for any damage done to a rental property. The reforms will allow the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal to order that the perpetrator of violence be solely responsible to compensate the landlord for any damage they caused to the rental property.
Women’s Legal Service NSW welcomes these reforms, however we believe that victims too fearful to report violence to the Police should be able to rely on a statutory declaration from a relevant professional to end their tenancy without liability.
KELLIE McDONALD is a senior solicitor with the Women’s Legal Service NSW.