As a Tenant do you feel discriminated against

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As a Tenant do you feel discriminated against

Postby Jim » Thu Apr 28, 2011 7:32 pm

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Under the ‘The Equality Act 2010’, a landlord or letting agent cannot refuse or discriminate against you the

letting of a property based on It is illegal for landlord to discriminate against anyone based on these characteristics.

* Age

* Disability

* Gender reassignment

* Marriage and civil partnership

* Pregnancy and maternity

* Race

* Religion or belief

* Sex

* Sexual orientation

It is illegal for landlord to discriminate against anyone based on these characteristics.

That includes:

* A landlord renting a property to a tenant with worse terms than other tenants

* A landlord treating a particular tenant differently than others in regards to

usage of facilities such as a laundry or a garden

* A landlord evicting or harassing a tenant because of discrimination

* A landlord refusing to make reasonable changes to a term in the tenancy agreement

which would allow a disabled person to live there.



If you feel that you are being treated unfairly in any of these areas, you have the right to make a legal challenge. Before doing this, you should consider seeing one of the following:

■a solicitor
■a legal advice centre
■a citizens’ advice bureau.
Example

A private landlord places an online advertisement for a ‘flat to let to Christian families only’. This could be discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief. Both the landlord and the person publishing the advertisement could be liable to legal action.

I would also advice connecting with the Equality and Human Rights Commission- they can advise you about whether you have been discriminated against, and what you can do about it.
Jim
 

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