and Kate Davis principal solicitor at ten and CWA I'll call this client Sarah Sarah had been a relationship with their partner for a couple of years and he had been violent to her a number of times but that really escalated when she got pregnant she was very badly injured by him one night and from hospital she called her real-estate agent to try to negotiate a break lease the landlord unfortunately refused and Sarah had to leave the property it just wasn't safe for her to return and the landlord in that case eventually pursued her for break Lea's compensation rent arrears and the damage that he had caused so it was a really unfair situation we tried to negotiate to support her in that situation but happily under the new laws she would have been able to issue a notice to terminate the tenancy and she would have been able to apply to court to fairly apportion the liability so that's how these new laws will protect people of experienced domestic violence