New residential tenancy protection for victims of domestic violence has been introduced.
Under changes to the Residential Tenancies Act 1995 people may be able to leave violent relationships without facing financial penalties from their residential tenancy agreement.
Victims can apply to the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) to:
Contact Consumer and Business Services (CBS) tenancy advisory service on telephone 131 882.
If you are a tenant or a co-tenant in private rental, community or public housing then you can apply to the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) for an order to:
The Tribunal usually makes its decision in two steps:
The Tribunal has at least one security guard present at all times to ensure the safety of people at the Tribunal.
Generally the guard may walk in and out of a hearing but can be present in the room the whole time if there are security concerns for a particular hearing.
Where an intervention order is in place, the hearing will be held in separate rooms, connected by teleconference facilities. The Tribunal Member will normally move from one room to the other to take evidence from each person.
You may have a family member or friend to assist you, or you may arrange for someone to advocate for you at the hearing.