A tenant can be anyone who is in hired accommodation, or is seeking accommodation - including accommodation provided by hotels and motels.

As a tenant, you have the right to be treated the same as any other tenant. It is also against the law to sexually harass or victimise a tenant.

There are some situations where it is acceptable to treat someone differently - see Exemptions to the rules.

What you can do

If you think you have been discriminated against, you may be eligible to lodge a complaint under the Equal Opportunity Act 1984.

However, sometimes taking direct action can solve the problem. Here are some things you can do:

  • Ask for reasons why you weren't successful in getting the accommodation.
  • Talk to the provider of the accommodation or the manager of the business or organisation about the situation.

If this doesn't work you can contact us for advice.