“I’m applying for a property and want to fill out my Renter Resume to improve my chances. I have fibromyalgia and hope this won’t affect my chances of being approved for a rental. Do I need to disclose my disability in my Renter Resume?”
Everyone should be given a fair go when they rent a property. It’s true, landlords and agents have the right to choose the most suitable tenant for a property they’re managing, but they are not permitted to unfairly discriminate against anyone that applies for a rental property.
You are not obliged to disclose this information in your Renter Resume bio or a tenancy application – whether or not you have fibromyalgia is not key to your ability to be accepted for a rental property.
Once you view a property or, indeed, are accepted as the new tenant for the property, you can have an open discussion with the property manager / landlord as to your situation.
In fact, the law states that you cannot be discriminated against or harrassed because of your:
- race (colour, nationality or descent);
- sex (male or female);
- marital status (e.g. singles or unmarried mothers);
- homosexuality (both gay and lesbian);
- disability (physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability);
- age (both young or old);
- transgender (transsexual).
If you believe that you have been discriminated against when applying for a rental property and want to talk to someone, you should contact the relevant authority in your state. Click here for more information.
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