Understanding discrimination effects in private rental housing
PublisherLandlords Private rental Rental housing law and legislation Discrimination Sector regulation Tenants Australia
This research examines discrimination and existing policy, law and practice in Australia’s private rental sector, including the impact of informal tenancies and the increasing role of digital technologies.
- Discrimination in the private rental sector (PRS) occurs throughout the entire rental system, from property procurement and investment prior to the search for a rental property, through to eviction.
- The growing number of informal and shared tenancies increases the potential for discrimination. Informal tenants have few renter’s rights and those in share-housing can also face discrimination by other tenants, including via little-regulated digital technologies.
- Digital housing technologies—and their differential use and regulation —mediate discrimination across the rental system. At present, they reflect the power imbalance between landlords and tenants, however international examples show they can be used to support tenants.
- The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted systemic problems in Australia’s PRS, particularly relating to: income and employment-based discrimination; threat of eviction; energy costs; and social security.
Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited 2021
Access Rights Type:
AHURI Final Report 363
3 Sep 2021