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

If you’re under 18, you may sometimes have difficulty finding a landlord willing to rent you their property. Their concerns are usually around property damage or worry that you can’t afford the rent. To boost your rental application, here’s what to include:

  • Copies of your identification, such as a driver’s licence or passport
  • Proof of income, such as payslips from your job or a statement from Centrelink;
  • References (at least two) to demonstrate you’re a responsible person. Consider asking a past or current employer or teacher for a reference.

NEW SOUTH WALES

To rent in New South Wales, you must enter into a written Residential Tenancy Agreement. Your Residential Tenancy Agreement is a contract that will state the terms of your rental, like the duration and rent payable. The agreement may be oral or in writing, but it’s strongly recommended that you enter into a written agreement, as this will provide a clear record of your rights and obligations as a tenant.

Your age may not be a restriction to renting in NSW. If you’re under 18 years of age, you may enter into and be bound by a contract, so long as it’s for your benefit. A lease is considered to be ‘for the benefit of’ a minor because it provides a necessary service.

A landlord cannot discriminate against you based on your age. They may, however, have several reasons for rejecting an application for tenancy, making it difficult to prove that you were discriminated against based on age.

If you believe you’ve been discriminated against, you may lodge a complaint with either the Anti-Discrimination Board 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 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 age. If you feel 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 like an adult would.

A prospective landlord/property owner is not allowed to discriminate against you based on age. If you feel 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? If you live in Western Australia, you may enter into and be bound by a Residential Tenancy Agreement.

A prospective landlord/property owner is not allowed to discriminate against you based on age. If you feel 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

Are you under 18? Your age should not restrict you from renting if you live in South Australia. 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 age. If you feel 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 Northern Territory? 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 age. If you feel 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

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 age. If you feel 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 restrictions 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 age. If you feel discriminated against, you can lodge a complaint with the ACT Human Rights Commission or the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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