This is my take on Disability Discrimination in renting.
Most of us would agree that discrimination to disabled persons is highly unethical and should be avoided whenever possible. However In the past this
has been an arduous task when attempting to rent property due to standard requirement of many landlords of "No DSS" or "Employed Only" and so forth.
This clearly unduly effects disabled persons, as in the majority of cases, it is the disabled persons disability that is the reason that they are
subject to these requirements. Parliament has now recognised this type of issue and has created a new discrimination class in the Equalities Act 2010
to resolve these very discriminatory practices.
So, for example, if a restaurant has a sign saying "No Dogs Allowed", while this will prohibit most persons with dogs, it would be unlawful to prohibit
blind persons as they have a dog in consequence of their disability.
This clause is very general in its applicability, so for example, if a person
is unable to work due to their disability, then any restriction to a disabled person in providing a service to that person that is based on such
an "employed only" clause, would usually be unlawful.
Helpline Specialist Advisor stated:
A more detailed document on this is:
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