Everyone has the right to feel safe and live in an environment free from violence. Renting laws provide options to help victims escape domestic violence.
Victims are able to:
- stay at the rented home and have the perpetrator leave; or
- leave the rented premises and be removed from the rental agreement.
- empower SACAT to determine that one or more, but not all co-tenants, are liable for compensation to the landlord.
- prohibit a tenant’s personal information being listed on a Residential Tenancy Database (tenant’s blacklist) in certain situations of domestic violence. For example, where the damage was caused from an act of abuse against the victim.
See our Preparing for hearing domestic violence cases fact sheet (PDF, 115.8 KB) for additional information.
If you are fearful of being subjected to domestic abuse, contact your local police station to discuss appropriate responses.