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Reader Question

“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);
  • pregnancy;
  • 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.

We’ll be posting answers to reader questions every week. If you have a question you think would be interesting to see answered here, please send it to marketing@rent.com.au

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