According to the tenancy act you cannot discriminate against renting to people based on
- sexual orientation
- employment status
and a raft of other human rights linked discriminators.
so if a tenancy application form asks for
- Employment status
- How much paying for current house
- Kids ages and names
etc - is that breaching the act? They are certainly questions not required to fulfill a credit check.
Also do you have the right to ask what feed back your current landlord gave for you when the tenancy firm phoned them?
Looking into what is happening to renters - i can see it really sucks. if we want to rent a house we will end up tieing up 4 x weekly rent in the tenancy bond scheme - a growing interest free loan to the govt or similar. and every time the rent goes up - we will be required to top up that bond with 4 x the increase. Basically we loose a substantial chunk of money for ever - or until we can afford to buy our own place.