Victims of Violence May End Tenancies Early

Victims of Violence May End Tenancies Early

Postby CLS » Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:43 pm

Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act now allow victims of sexual or domestic violence to end their residential tenancies upon 28-day notice under certain circumstances. As explained on the Landlord and Tenant Board website (at http://www.sjto.gov.on.ca/ltb-september-8-2016-new-notice-allows-victims-sexual-domestic-violence-end-tenancy-28-days/:

"The Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) has changed. Now tenants who are victims of sexual and domestic violence can end their tenancy in 28 days if they believe they or a child living with them may be harmed or injured if they don’t leave the unit. They can give this notice any time during their tenancy.

To give this notice, tenants must give their landlord two documents:

Tenant’s Notice to End my Tenancy Because of Fear of Sexual or Domestic Violence and Abuse (N15)
Tenant’s Statement About Sexual or Domestic Violence and Abuse
or
A copy of a court order (such as a restraining order or a peace bond).

A landlord who receives these documents from a tenant must keep the documents and the information in them confidential.

For more information:

See section 47.1 of the Residential Tenancies Act
Contact the LTB".

This is an important new protection for victims of violence, and is enacted as part of the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment), 2016 . Advocates working with victims of violence will want to keep these new provisions in mind should a victim need to leave their rented residence.
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