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Keep Discrimination Laws In Mind When Renting Your Property

Have you set your sights on real estate in Carnegie? Victoria's increasingly favourable buying conditions may have piqued your interests to invest in a property in this family-friendly suburb, or nearby real estate in Hughesdale.

If you're purchasing a property with the intention of renting it out, it's important to keep in mind the essential processes involved.

This doesn't only include finding a fantastic location that's close to local amenities, it also involves the vital steps that come after – such as choosing tenants for your property.

As the owner of the property, you have the right to choose the most suitable applicant, where this decision may be based on factors such as the applicant's rental history.

Consumer Affairs Victoria (CAV) states, however, that it is against the law to prevent someone from renting a property based on personal characteristics such as age, race, religious beliefs, gender, disability, physical appearance, marital status and employment, among other factors.

Landlords cannot refuse to rent out to tenants with children (under the age of 16), according to CAV, except in certain cases such as if the property is the main residence of the landlord or if the design and location is unsuitable for a child.

While there are no laws directly covering pets in residences or tenancies, landlords can include a clause in a tenancy agreement that bans pets if they could be a nuisance to other residents, harm property and break local government laws.

If you want to get started on your search for Carnegie real estate and begin your climb up the property ladder, get in touch with Matthew Hurlston at Ray White Carnegie.

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