Following an ABC report today that 160 real estate agencies around Australia, including Tasmania, are using an online platform which appears to ask that prospective tenants pay for a background check we wrote to the Residential Tenancy Commissioner to
- Determine the legality of the request that prospective tenants pay for background blacklist checks; and
- Inform Real Estate Agencies of their decision; and
- Request that Real Estate Agencies, who unlawfully collected or allowed the collection of monies, reimburse rental applicants.
Find the full letter below or linked here.