Changes coming to Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulations

Changes coming to Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Regulations

The draft Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation (Covid-19 Emergency Response) Regulation 2020 which is not in force yet, will have the following effect for victims of domestic violence:

  • They will be able to terminate a lease agreement if to do so, is necessary to protect them from domestic and family violence.
  • They are able to recover their proportion of bond payment if they terminate the lease
  • They will not be required to pay for any repairs for damage caused by domestic violence against them.

To terminate a lease on the grounds of domestic and family violence a victim will have to show one of the following by way of supporting evidence:

  • A protection order.
  • A temporary protection order
  • A police protection notice
  • A injunction for personal protection under the Family Law Act
  • A report in an approved form from a doctor, social worker, refuge or crisis support worker, domestic violence support worker, aboriginal medical centre.