New tenancy laws give medical practitioners ability to help victims of domestic violence

4 March 2019 

From 28 February 2019, new tenancy laws will allow medical practitioners to help their patients escape circumstances of domestic violence in a rented home.

Medical practitioners can help their patients escape a domestic violence situation in a rented home by making a domestic violence declaration. The declaration will enable a tenant to end their lease immediately, without penalty.

To provide a declaration, the medical practitioner must have consulted with the victim of domestic violence in the course of their professional practice. The victim can be the tenant or the tenant’s dependent child.

Medical practitioners can proactively help a victim escape domestic violence in a rented home by telling patients about the protections available to them.

For more information or for a copy of the prescribed declaration form, visit the NSW Fair Trading website.