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Bold plan to get domestic violence victim-survivors into their own homes


NSW domestic violence victims will have easier access to housing through concessions on stamp duty and rental bond loans if the Perrottet government is re-elected.

The proposal aims to help get domestic violence victim-survivors into their own homes as they flee abusive relationships.

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Premier Dominic Perrottet said one of the first steps for victim-survivors was finding a safe home.

“We want to make it easier for those people leaving an abusive relationship to be able to rebuild their lives, as well as the lives of their children,” he said.

The NSW government would waive the Rentstart Bond Loan eligibility criteria for people fleeing domestic violence.

The loan scheme allows renters to access interest-free state government loans for bonds.

Victim-survivors will also be able to access both the First Home Buyer Choice and First Home Buyer Assistance schemes, even if they previously accessed them with their abusive partner.

The choice program allows home buyers to elect to pay either a stamp duty or an annual land tax when they buy a home, while the assistance scheme provides concessions or complete waivers of stamp duty.

“It’s a small change that can make a big difference to helping victim-survivors buy a home to call their own,” Women’s Safety Minister Natalie Ward said.

Housing has been at the centre of the major parties’ pitches for the state election in March.

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Source: 7News