The tenant is usually required to pay a deposit (also called a deposit or rental deposit). This is paid by the tenant before moving into the house or apartment. The loan is calculated by referring to the weekly rent. If the rent does not exceed 250 $US per week, the maximum obligation is four weekly rents. However, if the weekly rent is more than $250, the maximum obligation is the six-week rent (see Residential Tenancies Act 1995 (SA) s 61 (3)). A landlord who fails to comply with these requirements may be fined up to $5,000 [Residential Tenancies Act 1995 (SA) s 61]. Fixed-term leases can be concluded for a period of 1, 2, 5 or 10 years. The Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (SA) makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status [s 40]; breed [s 62]; age [s 85L]; disability [see 77]; Marital or domestic couple status, identity of spouse or domestic partner, pregnancy or custody obligations [s 85ZH] while trying to obtain housing. These include renting apartments, houses or rooms, as well as staying in hotels, motels or caravan parks.
For example, it would be illegal for a landlord to refuse to accept a rental request from a single pregnant woman because no man was nearby to help. Complaints may be lodged with the Equal Opportunities Commission. For more information, see Discrimination.