New lease on life for victims
TENANTS who are victims of domestic violence will be able to break a lease on the spot under landmark reforms by the state government.
The changes, which passed through NSW Cabinet last week and will be contained in an “imminent” draft bill, will also give doctors unprecedented powers to help domestic violence victims.
Under the new laws, doctors will be able to break a lease by signing a statutory declaration saying that a tenant is in a violent situation and needs to get out. Currently, victims wanting to break a lease are forced to go via police and the courts to get a full AVO.
Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean said: “I am sure we will encounter opposition but I am not going to apologise for standing up for victims of domestic violence.”
Opposition has come from Property Owners Association of NSW president John Gilmovich. “Why is this mess left to the landlord to deal with?” he said.
In 2017 the NSW Tenants Union received 473 rental inquiries which related to domestic violence.