Ending a lease due to family or domestic violence
Find out how to end your lease immediately.
When you can end your lease due to violence
You can end a lease immediately if you or your children:
- have experienced a domestic violence offence during the tenancy
- are protected by any type of domestic violence order
- are protected by a family law injunction, or
- have been declared by a health practitioner or other 'competent person' (such as a social worker or counsellor) to have experienced domestic violence.
You can end the lease the same day you give notice or at a later date. You do not have to give the notice to the landlord or agent in person.
Documents you'll need
You need to give the landlord or agent a domestic violence termination notice indicating the date you want to end the lease. You can download a template letter at NSW Fair Trading.
The notice must also include one piece of supporting evidence, such as a:
- certificate of conviction for the domestic violence offence
- family law injunction
- provisional, interim or final domestic violence order, or
- declaration made by a 'competent person (PDF 204KB)' - this includes registered health practitioners, social workers and counsellors.
Find out more about domestic violence and your rental rights at NSW Fair Trading.