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How old do you have to be to rent a property? The answer will depend on where you live in Australia. Here’s what you need to know.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Age is not a huge deal if you live in New South Wales. If you are under 18, you can enter into (and be bound by) a contract – providing it’s done for your benefit.

A prospective landlord/property owner is not allowed to discriminate against you based on your age. If you feel you have been discriminated against, you can lodge a complaint with the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW, or the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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VICTORIA

Renting in Victoria? You shouldn’t encounter too many restrictions around your age. If you’re under 18, you can enter into a lease agreement on the proviso that it’s for your benefit and you understand the nature of what you’re signing.

A prospective landlord/property owner is not allowed to discriminate against you based on your age. If you feel you have been discriminated against, you can lodge a complaint with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission or the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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QUEENSLAND

Age is no restriction to renting an apartment or house in Queensland. If you’re under 18, you’ll be bound by a Residential Tenancy Agreement in the same way an adult would.

A prospective landlord/property owner is not allowed to discriminate against you based on your age. If you feel you have been discriminated against, you can lodge a complaint with the Anti-Discrimination Commission of Queensland or the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Are you between 16-18 years old? You may enter into and be bound by a Residential Tenancy Agreement if you live in Western Australia.

A prospective landlord/property owner is not allowed to discriminate against you based on your age. If you feel you have been discriminated against, you can lodge a complaint with the WA Equal Opportunity Commission or the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Your age should not restrict you from renting if you live in South Australia. Are you under 18? You are permitted to enter into a lease agreement, providing it’s done for your benefit and you understand the nature of the contract you’re signing.

A prospective landlord/property owner is not allowed to discriminate against you based on your age. If you feel you have been discriminated against, you can lodge a complaint with the SA Equal Opportunity Commission or the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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NORTHERN TERRITORY

Live in the NT? You can rent if you are 16 years of age or older. If you’re aged 16-18, you’ll be bound by a tenancy agreement, so long as the agreement is not deemed ‘harsh’ or ‘unconscionable.’

A prospective landlord/property owner is not allowed to discriminate against you based on your age. If you feel you have been discriminated against, you can lodge a complaint with the Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission or the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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TASMANIA

You shouldn’t have any issues renting in Tasmania if you’re under 18. You can enter into a lease agreement (contract) so long as it’s for your benefit and you understand the nature of that contract.

A prospective landlord/property owner is not allowed to discriminate against you based on your age. If you feel you have been discriminated against, you can lodge a complaint with Equal Opportunity Tasmania or the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

If you live in the ACT, you should not encounter any restriction to renting based on your age. Under 18? You may enter into a contract, so long as it’s for your benefit and you understand the nature of the contract.

A prospective landlord/property owner is not allowed to discriminate against you based on your age. If you feel you have been discriminated against, you can lodge a complaint with the ACT Human Rights Commission or the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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Note: A Residential Tenancy Agreement is a contract that will state the terms of your rental, such as the duration and rent payable.

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