Changes to domestic violence provisions in the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 have now come into effect. The changes, passed by NSW Parliament in November last year, improve the protections for tenants experiencing domestic violence (DV). The Tenants’ Union has prepared resources to help renters understand their rights under the new provisions. There are also resources available from Women’s Legal Service NSW & NSW Fair Trading.

What are the changes? • Tenants in circumstances of domestic violence can now end their tenancies by serving a DV termination notice, with relevant evidence, and vacating. • A victim-survivor of domestic violence will be protected from breach fees and costs for property damage in some circumstances. • A landlord or agent will not be allowed to list information about a tenant in a tenancy database when the tenant has terminated the agreement in circumstances of domestic violence.

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