WomanACT's Executive Director, Harmy Mendoza, welcomed reporter Amanda Ferguson from City TV News today to talk about the new provision in Ontario that reduces the notice a person in an abusive relationship has to give a landlord from 60 to 28 days.
Harmy’s main message was that even though this is a great start, she would have liked to see a change that allows women to leave immediately. Some victims of violence do not have 28 days, as a matter of fact, risk to lethality increase greatly when women are about to leave. In Texas, for example, Section 92.016 of the Texas Property Code gives victims of violence the right to “vacate and avoid liability”. This means a victim of domestic violence may break the lease without penalty and in some cases without notice.”
Watch for the interview on City at 6:30 pm tonight.