Impact of tenancy laws on women and children escaping violence

Impact of tenancy laws on women and children escaping violence

20 April 2021

This report highlights how rental laws can harm people experiencing or trying to escape domestic violence.

This report has been produced by the University of South Australia for the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

This report was commissioned to learn more about the rental property laws and rights that affect victims of family and domestic violence across Australia, and what supports are available.

Key issues include:

  • wanting to leave a tenancy without notice
  • responsibility for outstanding rental payments or repairs
  • impacts on security deposits and blacklisting
  • gaining permission to instal new locks or security devices.

Download the report via the University website. (PDF)

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