Amendments to Saskatchewan’s Victims of Interpersonal Violence Act have been made, to make it easier for renters who are trying to flee from situations of abuse.
Dwight Lawrence from the Ministry of Justice says one of the changes include getting out of a tenancy agreement early.
“If they already have a protective order in place, and that would be something like a peace bond or an emergency intervention order, then they can submit that to the Victims Services branch with the Ministry (of Justice),” Lawrence explained.
“And with that document, we can issue a certificate to the tenant, and they then serve it on their landlord, and can get out of that tenancy within 28 days.”
The other change is if there is not a protective order in place, then the tenant can get a statement from Victim Services, police, or a doctor, indicating that they are experiencing or at risk of interpersonal violence.
Under this process, the tenant is not responsible for any penalties for early termination contained in the rental agreement.