Reader Question: 

“I’ve been blacklisted as a renter. Is there any way I will be able to rent again?  How does this work?” – Lindelle


Lindelle, we asked Managing Director for PPM Group, Debbie Palmer for her insight into your question:

“Hi Lindelle, there are several different tenant databases throughout Australia and there are strict legislative guidelines outlining when and why a tenant can be listed,” Debbie said.

“There is an obligation on the rental agencies to notify a tenant before they are listed outlining why they are being listed and with which company their details are being listed.”

Debbie said records can only be held on file with a database company for a period of three years.

“I would suggest contacting the agency you rented through and discuss the matter with them, or contact the tenant database agency direct,” she said.

“It is always better to clear your outstanding debts to assist in starting afresh. I hope this helps.”

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    • Hi Emma, give us a ring on 1300 736 810 and one of our Customer Service team will be able to help run you through RentBond – it will help to finance the cost of your bond 🙂 Lauren

  1. I’ve been blacklisted and as a single parent it’s hard to find a home.
    Can I rent another house while paying off the debt that got me blacklisted?

    • Hi Ross,
      Good question. Whether or not your application for a rental property is accepted is up to the individual real estate agent or private landlord. However, if you can show that you’re in the process of paying an outstanding debt out from the listing, that should go a long way with your next application to show you’re focused on fixing that issue.