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Two common phrases that we often hear are “We do not want children” or “We do not want single mothers”. Discrimination is an issue within the property management industry that must be considered. In past times, there have been several claims brought before the courts, where tenants have sued the landlord/agent as they felt they had been discriminated against.

It is important to note that under Federal and State laws real estate agents cannot accept discriminatory direction from a landlord. Both the landlord and the agent are legally liable if complaints are made. When selecting tenants the only legal requirements that can be addressed are:

1. the number of people suitable to reside in the property,

2. the prospective tenant must be able to prove that they have and can maintain the weekly rent, and

3. the tenant must be able to prove that they have or can maintain the rental property in a clean and tidy condition.

By law you cannot discriminate against: colour or race, the unemployed, children, sexuality or religion and the list goes on… As your managing agent, you can be assured that we do have your best interests at heart. However, we must be careful as to the reasons why we decline tenant applications.

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