'Muslim family only': Australian landlord accused of discrimination for only accepting Muslim tenants

The Gumtree advert.
The Gumtree advert. Photo credit: Gumtree

A rental advertisement has been labelled as discriminatory after stating only Muslim families would be considered as prospective tenants.

The Gumtree advertisement, which has since been removed, was for a two-bedroom property in Glenorchy, a city near Hobart in Tasmania.

"Two bedroom fully/partially furnished available until September 21. Rent AU$295 per week excluding bills," said the ad. 

The landlord's criteria, "Only for Muslim family", has since been called discriminatory.

Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Sarah Bolt told Daily Mail Australia that screening potential tenants based on race or religion is illegal.

Bolt says any complaints over discriminatory advertisements are assessed in accordance with the provisions of the Anti-Discrimination Act before being rejected or accepted for investigation.

Bolt said anyone who feels discriminated against "on the basis of race, religious belief or affiliation or religious activity in the area of accommodation" should take immediate action.

In June, a US recruiter received online backlash after an applicant of Asian heritage was accidentally sent an email containing an offensive, discriminatory phrases. The email, sent by the recruiter, was intended for another colleague.

Newshub have reached out to New Zealand's Human Rights Commission for comment.

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