03 July 2012
'To let' adverts may be discriminatory
People may be subject to discrimination through property rental advertisements that are aimed at specific groups, it has been warned.
The BBC reports that adverts such as those placed in newsagents windows could be breaking the law if they highlight race or sexuality as a requirement.
Dr Nuna Ferreira, a discrimination law expert at the University of Manchester, noted the three groups who usually place the requests - landlords or agents renting a property, proprietors who live in the dwelling and let part of it out and tenants seeking housemates - are all covered by the terms of the 2010 Equality Act.
He said it does not matter whether or not the landlord resides in the house, adding: "This distinction will have a bearing on discrimination on other grounds, but not in relation to race or ethnicity."
A spokeswoman for the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission noted discrimination in these adverts might also include references to age, religion, sexual orientation, disability and marriage.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson