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Landlords call the shots in mining states

Increased competition for living space in Western Australia is putting landlords in a powerful position.

The booming mining industry in states such as Western Australia and the Northern Territory has led to a huge influx of migrant workers, both from neighbouring states and abroad.




This has led to increased competition for living space, with landlords now calling the shots as they sift through lists of potential tenants all vying for their property.




Foreign investors thinking about buying a property in Australia may therefore want to consider these areas as a potential location.




However, the rise in tenancy applications has led to concerns that some property owners may be discriminating against certain tenants, after the number of complaints against landlords and real estate agents increased in the last 12 months.




Western Australia's equal opportunity commissioner Yvonne Henderson has issued a warning to landlords over best practice when it comes to choosing a tenant, saying: "They can certainly discriminate on the basis of previous history of being a good tenant and ability to pay the rent but they can't discriminate on the basis of a person's race or their gender or their age," ABC News reports.



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