The province is changing tenancy laws in a bid to protect people fleeing from domestic violence.
Fear about breaking a lease will no longer be a barrier for people looking to escape family violence.
That after the province announced tweaks to the Residential Tenancy Act, allowing victims to cut a lease short with a month’s notice to their landlord, with no penalty.
Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton says it could save lives.
“Prior to now, you had to ask your landlord if you could break the lease, or you might get penalized, because you had to leave your accommodation.”
Under the new rules tenants would need a third party to verify their situation, such as an outreach or social worker, or doctor or police officer.
“So if you have a lease, it’s tough to break a lease, but if you’re a victim of violence, you may need to leave that situation. So this allows you to do that.”
Prior to now, ending a lease early could come with a hefty financial price.
The new rules would also apply people in need of long-term care.