Monday, 17 July 2017 14:30

Discrimination in renting a serious concern

Complaints to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission relating to discrimination in the rental market have increased over recent years. From 2015–17, the Commission received almost double the number of complaints concerning discrimination in renting and tenancy than in the previous two year period. Commissioner Kristen Hilton spoke to Fairfax Media about the issue.

"Discrimination in housing is easily hidden as there are many reasons owners and agents can give for people not successfully securing housing,” Commissioner Hilton said.

"There is greater risk that this kind of discrimination will be hidden as the housing market gets more competitive.

"This makes it even more important that people know their rights and obligations under Victorian law.

"Victorian law protects people from being discriminated against in accommodation because of their age, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and parental or carer status, as well as a number of other personal characteristics, including personal association with one of these protected attributes.

"People who feel they have been discriminated against can call us on 1300 292 153 for more information or make a complaint online at humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au."

Read Fairfax Media’s full feature on discrimination in renting

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