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Let me see if I can help and please rate 5 stars. Firstly you are liable jointly the rent.The abuse is not a reason to cancel the contract unless the landlord agrees. If he is being abusive then you an apply to the court to have him removed from the property.
You can apply to the court for a non molestation and occupation order to keep him away from you and the property. You may also be eligible for legal aid to make such an application. Injunctions are there to offer you protection from your abuser. They are court orders that require someone to do (or not do) something in particular. The two main injunction types available under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996 are:
Under recent changes to the law, breaching a non-molestation order is now a criminal offence and a power of arrest is automatically attached to the injunction, meaning your abuser can be arrested simply for breaching the injunction without needing to have committed any other criminal activity. The Order is filed with the Police so they are aware of the power of arrest and can exact it should any breach arise. Please rate 5 stars
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