As of July 1, new rights are in effect to renters fleeing situations of interpersonal violence and abuse.
“These amendments make it clear that no one should have to prioritize a rental agreement above their own personal safety,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon Wyant said. “With these amendments, victims of interpersonal violence will be able to put their safety first when escaping dangerous domestic situations.”
Under The Victims of Interpersonal Violence Amendment Act, 2017 tenants will be allowed to end fixed-term tenancy agreements with 28 days’ notice if they or their family members are being abused by another resident or former resident.
Tenants will require a certificate from the Ministry of Justice’s Victims Services Branch stating that they, their child, or an adult under their care has been a victim of interpersonal violence or is at risk of interpersonal violence.
The opposition NDP is happy to see this take effect, but feel the government could do more.
In a release, the NDP states rights being provided to renters who are fleeing situations of interpersonal violence and abuse is only one of three recommendations that Nicole Sarauer brought to the Legislature in an effort to lower the province’s domestic violence rates, and that they will keep fighting for the other two to be instituted.