Can a letting agent refuse to show me a property?

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    Can a letting agent refuse to show me a property?

    I made an inquiry about a property that is for rent today, the agent confirmed it was available (it's a 4 bedroom family home), but when she found out I had two small children (3 years & 7 months) she point blank refused to show me the property on the basis that "she didn't think the garden was suitable". Can a letting agent discriminate in this way?

    #2
    The agent may have specific instructions from the landlord. Ask!
    I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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      #3
      Or there could be steep paths & 2 deep ponds... and a garden opening directly onto a busy road...

      Suspect LL said "no small kids.." which I don't think is unlawful discrimination but perhaps a keen solicitor might try...
      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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        #4
        No children is an acceptable clause within an AST, and is not discriminatory.
        The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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          #5
          Who is going to take a four bedroom home without a family?

          I am no expert on the law of tort, but I think that when it comes to letting one needs to make a distinction between (a) hazards which are patently obvious and (b) hazards which are not patently obvious.

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