Sex discrimnination laws as they apply to letting rooms in your home.

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    Sex discrimnination laws as they apply to letting rooms in your home.

    We need to advertise foran appropriate tenant for furnished rooms in my mother's home. (They share an entrance, but nothing else.) We are told we may not use the phrase "Suit eg. a retired lady" because this is sex discrimination. If we re-word the advert to clarify that these are rooms in my mother's home, will such a phrase then become legal?

    #2
    Who has told you this?
    I don't think they said it was illegal.
    Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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      #3
      Best not to refer to either a prospective tenants age or sex as there is various legislation covering this. you should think of a way of advertising it without reference to:


      age;
      disability;
      gender reassignment;
      marriage and civil partnership;
      race;
      religion or belief;
      sex;
      sexual orientation

      If you would prefer a retired lady then select a retired lady from your pool of potential applicants. You can usually think up an excuse if you just don't 'like' an applicant and it's easy to tell the ones who would be hard work and you simply wouldn't want as tenants / lodgers but you might find a prospective tenant who you like who isn't a retired lady.

      As you are looking for a lodger rather than a tenant I think you can choose not to rent to somebody because of their sex but not mention this in the advert.

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        #4
        Advertise for lodger to join all-female house: doesn't say they gotta B female..
        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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          #5
          If I had a lodger, I would want someone who went out to work all day, not someone who stayed in sending my heating bills through the roof.
          'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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            #6
            Forget discrimination ( A bold statement I agree )

            What does your mother want ?
            Then advertise for that.

            You do NOT want a 16 year old boy on benefits, so make it clear.
            You do not want a Male, so make it clear.

            It is NOT a job advertisement

            It's a share my home, and I choose who I live with, the governmant does not.

            I want ( don't, cos I already have enough ) a girlfriend to live with me
            , but do I have to word a personal add' :-
            Wanted, a person to share my home, and to contribute to the cost of said
            home, and to engage in pre marital sex
            , but i cant advertise for a female !

            SPHERICAL OBJECTS

            R.a.M.

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              #7
              Originally posted by ram View Post
              It is NOT a job advertisement
              So? The Equality Act applies to all situations:

              13 Direct discrimination

              (1)A person (A) discriminates against another (B) if, because of a protected characteristic, A treats B less favourably than A treats or would treat others.

              ...

              19 Indirect discrimination

              (1)A person (A) discriminates against another (B) if A applies to B a provision, criterion or practice which is discriminatory in relation to a relevant protected characteristic of B's.

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                #8
                Originally posted by ram View Post
                Wanted, a person to share my home, and to contribute to the cost of said
                home, and to engage in pre marital sex
                ,
                R.a.M.
                So if a gay young man applies and is willing you are going to discriminate?
                I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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                  #9
                  Extract from Shelter's website:

                  Sex discrimination

                  Sex discrimination is illegal in housing transactions like lettings and house sales. But there are exceptions, where discrimination is permitted:

                  people taking in a lodger in 'small premises', where living space is shared with the landlord or a member of her/his family can discriminate on the grounds of sex


                  Depends whether the set-up of your mother's home lends itself to this being a lodger or a tenant?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by jta View Post
                    So if a gay young man applies and is willing you are going to discriminate?
                    Of course. I want what I want, when I want it.

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                      #11
                      "So? The Equality Act applies to all situations:"

                      Except ads on dating sites?

                      OP try Would suit mature person/couple with no children.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by mariner View Post
                        "So? The Equality Act applies to all situations:"

                        Except ads on dating sites?
                        Well, all situations involving access to service, benefits, and jobs.
                        Apparently though, a 'good' excuse to ignore it is to claim that it's 'religion'.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by LesleyAnne View Post
                          Extract from Shelter's website:

                          Sex discrimination

                          Sex discrimination is illegal in housing transactions like lettings and house sales. But there are exceptions, where discrimination is permitted:

                          people taking in a lodger in 'small premises', where living space is shared with the landlord or a member of her/his family can discriminate on the grounds of sex


                          Depends whether the set-up of your mother's home lends itself to this being a lodger or a tenant?
                          I think that is your answer - your original adviser was wrong.

                          Alternatively you could try:

                          Hinge. Seeks Bracket. Piano-fortes only allowed if silenced.
                          ML
                          Refer Mad Regulators to Arkell vs Pressdram.

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                            #14
                            Thanks for some intereseting - and informative - replies. Clearly this is not just a sore point for us.........

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