Bill to empower FDV victims introduced

Legislation, intended to provide better outcomes for victims of family and domestic violence, who are renting, was introduced to Parliament this week.

Domestic and family violence is a key risk factor for homelessness, particularly for women and children.

This legislation, if passed, will empower victims and gives the court, landlords and property managers tools to play a part in stopping domestic and family violence.

The Bill will amend the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 and the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2007.

Among other things, it will do:

  • enable victims to end their interest in a tenancy by giving a specific kind of notice
  • enable a victim tenant to change the locks on the premises without first having to obtain the permission of the lessor

    Read the Bill and explanatory memorandum here:




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