On 10 December 2015 changes to tenancy laws came into effect to provide more options to help victims escape Domestic Violence.
Pursuant to the Residential Tenancies Act 1995 (SA), applications can be made to the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) to stay at the rental property and have the perpetrator of domestic violence leave or to terminate the tenancy agreement to allow the victim to leave the rental property.
Resolution of a tenancy agreement by way of a SACAT order can ease a great deal of stress by preventing rent arrears spiraling out of control.
SACAT can determine that one or more, but not all co-tenants, are liable for compensation to the Landlord. SACAT can also make orders so that a tenant’s personal information is not listed on a Residential Tenancy Database (tenant’s blacklist) in certain situations of Domestic Violence, for example where damage to the property was caused from an act of abuse against the victim.