Domestic violence and renting

Everyone deserves a safe home. Tenancy law can help victim-survivors of domestic violence in a number of ways. This factsheet summarises the options for tenants who are victim-survivors of domestic violence, including ending your tenancy using a Domestic Violence Termination Notice.

Your local Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service can give you advice about staying at or leaving your rented home. Tenant Advocates prioritise survivors of domestic violence. Advice is free and confidential.

Tenants have rights under the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 and Residential Tenancies Regulation 2019. If you are a sub-tenant without a written agreement in a share-house, a lodger or a guest, then you are probably covered by different laws – please seek advice from your local Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service. For more information please also see our Domestic violence and renting – Supplementary Guide.



Factsheet updated May 2024

This factsheet is intended as a guide to the law and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. It applies to people who live in, or are affected by, the law as it applies in New South Wales Australia. © Tenants’ Union NSW.