Buying a home is a big decision, it is also an exciting moment for many people. The thought of moving into your place, or a bigger home, or somewhere the children will love, is always uplifting.
But while the whole experience is a pleasant one for most people, there are others who go through discrimination when attempting to buy a property. Wherever you are in the UK, the Equality Act 2010 protects you, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.
Discrimination contradicts the Equality Act and is unlawful. This means you are empowered to take legal action if you feel unfairly treated. A spokesperson for Londonprivatedetectives.co.uk says, "A reliable solicitor or conveyancer can assist you.
It is required you know your rights so you can tell when someone is treating you unjustly. For the purpose of this post, we’ll be discussing discrimination in housing, and the things you should know when buying a property.
Identifying discriminationHow do you know when someone is infringing upon your rights? The following steps can guide you:
· Find out why you are being wrongfully treated? It is deemed unlawful discrimination if it’s for specific reasons.
· Who is treating you unjustly? It is deemed unlawful discrimination if it is done by specific people
· What is the unjust treatment? Only certain behaviour may be regarded as unlawful discrimination
· What makes the treatment unjust? Unlawful discrimination comes in various forms.
Who is treating you unjustly?In housing, one may experience discrimination from the following people:
· Private landlords
· Social landlords such as local councils, authorities and housing associations
· Tenant with permission to sub-let their property
· Letting and estate agents
· Property owners
· Agencies charged with managing properties
· Rent collection services
· Associations that manage tenants
Why are you being unjustly treated?There are various reasons for discrimination, they could be:
· Gender reassignment
· Pregnancy and maternity
· Religion or personal beliefs
· Sexual orientation
According to the Equality Act, these are protected characteristics.
What counts as unjust treatment?The Equality Act says if it is because of a protected characteristic, the following could be regarded as unlawful discrimination
· Offering you a property with worse or unpleasant terms and conditions
· Denying you the opportunity to buy or let a property
· Treating you terribly or less favourably
· Refusing you access to use certain benefits or facilities such as the recreation room, or placing difficult conditions on these items
· Behaving in a manner that distresses, intimidates or offends you- under the Equality Act, this is harassment
· Punishing you because you choose to speak out against discrimination, or someone else’s discomfort. This is known as victimisation, under the Equality Act.
Examples of unjust treatment:If your landlord treats you worse than other tenants because you had a sex change, it is wrong. Or if they make the terms difficult because you are disabled, they are discriminating against you.
It is always good to know your rights so you can report to the appropriate authorities. And if you want to take legal action (which is recommended), you can contact a solicitor who specialises in housing discrimination.
The more informed you are about your rights, the more empowered you are to fight unlawful discrimination.