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By Unikwa 26 June 2013 41

We are a family of 3 – 2 adults and 1 child – plus an elderly cat.

Over the past 3 and a bit weeks, we have applied for 8 rental properties with no success. In one case, the Agent failed to do due diligence in checking with the owner as to whether they would accept pets. Turns out not, so a couple (yep, 2 adults) were placed in a brand new 4×2 house, across the road from a park and open play fields, whilst this family got passed over.

On at least 5 other occasions, we have been told by Agents that we did not get the property as we do not work for Defence or the APS. Just remember folks – we work in the support of these businesses and without us (and others in less glamorous positions) their cleaning and retail services won’t happen.

We came here with high hopes after I was accepted into University but it looks like we will have to move yet again as we are unable to remain in our current rental and obviously cannot secure other rental accommodation. Our daughter has already been to 5 different schools in 4 years (yep go ahead and put us down, that’s fine). I will have to give up my dream of finally getting an education and my husband will have to give up his employment as very soon we will be homeless.

Oh and thanks to the property managers who didn’t even have the courtesy to advise us that we had missed out on our latest application – rather just re-advertising it is obviously good enough for you.

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leonnie 4:55 pm 02 May 14

breda said :

Firstly, agents don’t always make the decision – some owners ask for a short list and decide themselves.

Secondly, giving reasons would be foolish without a lawyer vetting every response. What with defamation laws, anti-discrimination laws and just plain cussedness by some rejected applicants, they would be crazy to go there.

Totally agree
Cant believe some of the comments , bit sad
This not helpful to original post, so no need to bite my head off etc I can agree the market is much tougher in Canberra this year Prospective tenants are even negotiating lower rents (I’ve never in the last 15 years experienced this )
But to share another perspective we lost a perfectly good tenant for our town house because the Body corporate Strata manager would not give us an answer to a Pet Approval application and once the lady had been honest and told us about her pet we had no option but to let her go We were happy to accept her with her little dog as the carpet was a little old any way I am furious with Ray White because we lost a good tenant and three weeks rent over the lack of response both the tenant and the landlord trying to do the “right thing “

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