Student landlords accused of rampant discrimination
Nearly 40 per cent of students maintain that they suffer discrimination at the hands of student landlords over rental accommodation, a survey has found.
They say that student landlords routinely breach the Equality Act 2010, with allegations of frequent discrimination based on gender and ethnicity.
According to the survey, 20 per cent of students said that they had been subjected to discrimination based on their gender. Allegations cover situations where a landlord discriminated against students attempting to book a property, or throughout the duration of their tenancy agreement.
The survey, conducted by Studenttenant.com, an online student lettings agency, found that the majority of respondents alleging to have been subjected to gender discrimination were male. They reported that many British landlords appeared to believe that male tenants are more likely to be messy, loud, and cause damage to the property than female tenants.
One male respondent told the researchers: “Finding a place to live is far more difficult than I could have ever imagined. Countless landlords refusing to even consider having a male live on their land is ridiculous. Purely due to a stereotype that boys are messy and loud and girls are quiet and clean.”
Even more students – 25 per cent – claimed they had been treated less favourably because of their race. One female student from the Middle East said: “Landlord refused to speak to female members of the household, made offensive remarks about my appearance and refused to call me by my correct name all year.”