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The Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA) makes it unlawful to discriminate against anyone because of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status [s 40]; race [s 62]; age [s 85L]; disability [s 77]; marital or domestic partnership status, identity of spouse or domestic partner, pregnancy or caring responsibilities [s 85ZH] while they are trying to obtain accommodation. This includes renting flats, houses or rooms and staying in hotels, motels or caravan parks. For example, it would be illegal for a landlord to refuse to accept an application for rental from a single pregnant woman because there was no man around to help. Complaints can be made to the Equal Opportunity Commission. For more information, see Discrimination.

The penalty under the Residential Tenancies Act 1995 (SA) for refusing to let premises to a person because it is intended that a child will live in the premises is a maximum fine of $ 2 500 [s 52]. This section does not apply if the landlord resides in the premises.

Discrimination  :  Last Revised: Thu Jun 28th 2018
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