BBC finds discrimination against black tenants by London letting agents
October 16, 2013
A report on the BBC website, based on an episode of Inside Out London, has found that some London based letting agents are prepared to discriminate against would-be tenants on the grounds of race.
Not only is this sort of discrimination an illegal practice, under the Equality Act 2010, it is thoroughly immoral that a person should be refused a property based on something such as race, religion, nationality or sexual orientation.
In reaction to the report, Labour’s shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn said he was “shocked” and “deeply upset” and he wrote to the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission to ask for an investigation.
A spokesman for the Equality and Human Rights Commission said: “It is against the law and totally wrong to discriminate against people on the basis of their ethnicity.
“We have received BBC Inside Out’s findings and will be talking to the property ombudsman and the trade bodies for estate agents to see what can be done urgently to stamp out these unacceptable practices.”
Young London is proud to say that, much like our employment policy, we would never judge someone based on a factor such as their race.