Domestic Violence Protection for Renters

The Jumpers found this good information to know from the Attorney-General’s Department

 Everyone has the right to feel safe and live in an environment free from violence.

Renting laws changed on 10 December 2015 to provide more options to help people escape domestic violence.

The laws will allow for people:

·             to stay at the rented home and have the perpetrator leave; or

·             to leave rented premises and be removed from their rental agreement.

Staying will mean applying to the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) to have a perpetrator removed from the rental agreement.

Leaving will mean applying to SACAT to either end your part in the agreement or terminate the agreement altogether.

Other changes will:

·             empower SACAT to determine that one or more, but not all co-tenants, are liable for compensation to the landlord.

·             prohibit a tenant’s personal information being listed on a Residential Tenancy Database (tenant’s blacklist) in certain situations of domestic violence. For example, where the damage was caused from an act of abuse.

This initiative supports the South Australian Government’s commitment to addressing domestic violence.

For more information about the changes to renting laws please visit www.sa.gov.au/tenancy/renters

  If you are fearful of being subjected to domestic abuse, you should contact your local police station to discuss appropriate responses or apply to the Court for an intervention order. Visit www.police.sa.gov.au/contact-us/find-your-local-police-station or call 131 444 for patrol assistance, or call 000 in case of emergency.

This message has been authorised by Rick Persse, Chief Executive, Attorney-General’s Department.