Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Abuse in Ontario Can Now Break Leases More Easily

As part of a sweeping bill passed by the Liberal government to combat sexual violence in the province, it is now possible for tenants who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence to just give 28 days’ notice to their landlords in order to break the lease. This flexibility halves the time required under the law to terminate a tenancy.

 

However, the new law does require that tenants wishing to exercise the option provide their landlord with some documentation, such as a restraining order, which might create an impediment for some, but generally the amendment to the law is regarded as a positive step to provide greater protection to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

 

To learn more about the recent changes to the law, please read the National Post article here:

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/survivors-of-domestic-and-sexual-violence-in-ontario-can-now-break-leases-more-easily