New tenancy law reforms to support victims of domestic violence

New reforms to NSW Tenancy Laws

By Amanda Nicholls


NSW Parliament has bassed the bill for the Residential Tenancies Amendment 2018, with a particular focus on protecting victims of domestic violence. 

The date for the new changes is yet to be announced by Fair Trading, however the new laws will enable victims of domestic or family violence to flee their circumstances without penalty. 

Victims will also not be held accountable for any damage that occurs within the property during a violent dispute, but rather the perpertrator will be solely responsible for any damage caused. 

The privacy of tenants who have terminated their tenancy in circumstances of domestic violence will also be protected, with agencies being prohibited from listing them on a tenancy database for safety reasons. 

For the full list of reforms to NSW Tenancy Laws, visit Fair Trading NSW


If you are experiencing domestic violence, call 000 immediately. 

For women experiencing domestic violence, call the NSW Family & Community Services Domestic Violence Line on 1800 65 64 63 to speak to trained female counsellors. Or visit FACS for more information. 

For men experiencing domestic violence call MensLine Australia on 1300 78 99 78 or visit