You are here: Home - Mortgages - Buy To Let - News -

Landlord refusing to let to lesbian couple exploits legal loophole

0
Written by:
14/05/2013
An Isle of Man landlord has refused to rent his property to two tenants because of their sexual orientation.

Kira Izzard and Laura Cull (pictured) were planning to move into a home next to their three-year-old nephew but were refused on grounds of their sexuality, according to Gay Star News. UK anti-discrimination law does not apply in the Isle of Man and EU law only applies to government services.

Cull told the paper the decision felt like a personal attack: “I was really upset and teary as we had our hearts set on that particular house.”

Goldsmith Williams senior property lawyer John Jones said LGBT couples could have the problem in the UK but overall there was sufficient legislation to prevent it.

He explained: “Many landlords probably feel that as it is their own property they should be free to rent it or not rent it to whoever they please. However, there is legislation in place that prevents a landlord from discriminating on the grounds of race and ethnic background, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability and age. “

While discrimination is illegal in housing transactions such as lettings and house sales, there are some exceptions for a landlord taking in a lodger.

In one case hotel owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull refused to let a gay couple stay in a double room at their Cornish hotel.

In 2011 a judge decided the Bulls’ behaviour represented direct discrimination and awarded the couple £3,600 in damages. The Bulls have now appealed and are awaiting a hearing in the UK’s Supreme Court.

Tagged:

Tag Box

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

The savings accounts paying the most interest

If one of your jobs this month is to get your finances in order, moving your savings to a higher paying deal i...

Coronavirus and your finances: what help can you get?

News and updates on everything to do with coronavirus and your personal finances.

Everything you need to know about being furloughed

If you’ve been ‘furloughed’ by your company, here’s what it means…

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

Having a baby and your finances: seven top tips

We’re guessing the Duchess of Cambridge won’t be fretting about maternity pay or whether she’ll still be...

Protecting family wealth: 10 tips for cutting inheritance tax

Inheritance tax - sometimes known as 'death tax' - can cause even more heartache for bereaved families. But th...

Travel insurance: Five tips to ensure a successful claim

Ahead of your summer holiday, it’s important to make sure you have the right level of travel cover or you co...

Money Tips of the Week

Read previous post:
Government consults on child trust funds to Junior ISA transfers

The Government has launched a consultation on allowing the transfer of existing savings from Child Trust Fund accounts into Junior...

Close