Rules for Renting in Britain
People placing classified ads for flatmates in the United Kingdom should be advised the practice is illegal, warns The Telegraph.
The Equality Act of 2010 barred anyone renting or subleting a property from “discriminat[ing] against or victimiz[ing]” interested parties based on their religion, race, age, marital status, sexuality or physical ability. As part of that, people are no longer allowed to specifically request a gay roommate or one based on other factors like ethnicity or age. A discrimination lawyer reminds readers that such an request, usually made through a classified ad, could lead to a discrimination complaint.
Roommate-seekers in Britian are encouraged to place classified ads that describe themselves, which can help attract those comfortable with an LGBT person. Read more here.