What if… we don't want children or single mothers?
Under federal and state anti-discrimination laws, real estate agents cannot accept discriminatory direction from Property Investors. Both the agent and the property investor are legally liable if complaints are made. It is neither fair nor lawful to pressure an agent to break the law.
When selecting tenants, the only requirements that can be addressed are:
- The number of people suitable to reside in the property
- The tenant must be able to prove that they have and can maintain the weekly rent
- The tenant must be able to prove that they have and can maintain a rental property in a clean and tidy condition
- You can discriminate against pets! You have the option of choosing to allow or not allow your tenants to keep a pet at your property (Pending Strata Bylaws where applicable)
- We also include a special condition that states all properties under our management are non smoking properties.
Real estate references are the most desirable for obtaining this information. However, we can not by law discriminate against private landlord references. Both types of references need to be verifiable.
Unfair discrimination happens if you treat someone less favourably simply because of their sex, age, race, nationality, marital status, the fact they have children, sexual preferences disability or impairments, pregnancy, religion or political belief.
You do have the right to choose the most suitable tenant provided no unfair discrimination occurs.
We do have your best interests at heart and do appreciate that it is your property and you should have the right to choose who resides in the property. However, we must act in accordance with the law when processing a tenant application.
There have been successfully defended cases in the past where discrimination against children and people of different nationality or race have resulted in compensation claims against the real estate agency and property owner.