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Can a landlord or real estate agent discriminate against me because I have a disability?

You have the same rights to housing as everybody else. The law says that your landlord or real estate can’t discriminate against you because you have a disability.

Some examples of discriminating against you can be:

  • Not letting you live in a rented home because you have a disability.
  • Telling you to leave a house that you are already living in when your landlord finds out that you have a disability.
  • Putting your application to rent a home lower on the list of people asking to rent the house, just because you have a disability.
  • Asking you to do things when you move into your home that your landlord or real estate agent would not have asked other people to do. For example, your landlord cannot ask you to pay more rent or not to go in certain rooms of the house because you have a disability.
  • Stop you from making reasonable changes to the home (for example a ramp to get into the house which can be moved away again). This is true if these are the kinds of changes the law says you can make to a rented house.

However, the law does have some special situations that let a landlord or real estate agent discriminate against you.

If you think a landlord or real estate agent is discriminating against you because you have a disability, and your situation does not match these special situations, you can contact the Tenants Union of Victoria, Disability Discrimination Legal Service or Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission for more information and help.

Getting help with this

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