If you are listed on a tenancy database
Being listed can make it harder for you to secure a rental property. Find out what the rules are, and how you can dispute a listing.
Tenancy databases keep information relating to problems that landlords or agents had during a tenant’s stay at a property.
Being listed on a tenancy database is commonly known as being blacklisted.
It can affect your ability to find a rental property in the future, as agents use tenancy databases to screen potential tenants.
There are strict rules around when a tenant can and cannot be listed on a tenancy database.
Tenants cannot be listed if they:
- fall behind with the rent
- are given a termination notice to end the lease, or
- ended their tenancy in circumstances of domestic violence.
Tenants can be listed on a database for 3 years if:
- they've left the property and owe money for a breach of the lease that is more than the rental bond, or
- the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal has made an order terminating the lease because of something the tenant has done wrong.
You’ll be notified in advance if you’re going to be listed on a tenancy database and will have a chance to dispute the listing if you don't agree with it.
Find out what to do if you’ve been listed on a tenancy database at the Tenants’ Union of New South Wales.