A rental advertisement states ‘no benefit claimants’, 'permanent employment contract required', 'we don’t rent to foreigners'. A landlord doesn’t want to rent to a young person because he is worried about the maintenance of his property. A landlord refuses a blind tenant because of their guide dog. Another one breaks the rental contract because he discovers the tenant is homosexual.
Access to decent housing is a fundamental right. However, it remains difficult owing to the evolution in market prices, insufficient public offering and a lack of adapted housing, as well as discriminatory behaviour among landlords and estate agents.
What does Unia do?
It is forbidden to discriminate during any stages of the sale or rental of a property. Unia combats discrimination in housing based on all the criteria for which it is competent, by:
- advising and supporting discriminated persons;
- testing to prove racial discrimination;
- informing potential tenants, landlords and professionals in the sector on the legislation in force;
- establishing studies and reports, including the Diversity Barometer - Housing;
- drawing up recommendations for the authorities;
- consulting with the sector, public authorities and associations.
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