What to do if you suspect your tenant is a victim of domestic abuse
DAHA and the RLA are embarking on a campaign to raise awareness that domestic abuse is just as likely to happen in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) as well as in any other form of housing. As part of the Government's commitment to help victims of domestic abuse, the RLA has drafted a policy in conjunction with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) to give you help and advice if you are worried that a tenant may be suffering.
Landlords or their agents can sometimes be the first to spot the signs of domestic abuse either directly by disclosure from the tenant, or indirectly by a third party such as police. However, there can also be other indicators such as unexplained damage to the property.
Private landlords are not legally required to act or report domestic abuse however, as a measure of good practice and to support landlords to do so, this policy has been produced to give guidance and support on how to help a tenant who may be in need of support. This could ultimately save a life.
You can watch a video featuring Victoria Watts from DAHA explaining the work of DAHA and the private rented sector.