Moving out: When and how tenancies end
Giving notice to end a tenancy due to family violence
Two days’ notice for family violence
Family violence survivors will soon be able to quickly leave a fixed-term or periodic tenancy by giving two days’ notice to the landlord, along with appropriate evidence. Family violence includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, and psychological abuse.
This means that you won’t need to pay rent after the withdrawal date. The law will require you to give notice to each remaining tenant at least a day after the withdrawal date, but you don’t need to tell them the reason why you’re leaving or give them any evidence.
When will this new law come into force?
The new notice period for ending a tenancy due to family violence will come into effect after the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development develop a set of regulations to decide what kind of evidence you need to provide when you give notice to your landlord.
What happens after I withdraw?
Once you leave the house or flat, the remaining tenants will get reduced rent for two weeks – or the tenancy ends if you were the only tenant. If the remaining tenants are concerned about making rent, they can apply for a Tenancy Tribunal Order to end the tenancy because of unreasonable hardship.
Is my information confidential?
Yes. Under the new law, it’s unlawful for your landlord to tell anyone about your situation, unless they have your consent. They may speak about it confidentially if they’re seeking legal advice.