Leasing Agents Admit To Blocking Black People From Moving Into Apartments
An undercover investigation conducted by the BBC recently put a few shady London leasing agents on full blast for their blatantly discriminatory practices against black people looking to move into their establishments.
via BBC News
Letting agents in London are prepared to discriminate against would-be tenants on the grounds of race, a BBC undercover investigation has revealed.
Under the Equality Act 2010, it is illegal for businesses to refuse to provide a service based on ethnicity.
But 10 firms told a reporter posing as a landlord they would not let to African-Caribbean people at his request.
A black researcher was denied viewings, yet his white counterpart was welcomed.
BBC London was initially tipped off certain letting agents were willing to discriminate against African-Caribbean people on behalf of landlords, with the alleged misdoing rife in parts of west London.
To expose the practices, a plush three-bedroom flat in north Kensington was acquired. Letting agents from 10 firms were invited to assess its rental value.
All 10 were recorded on secret camera saying they would be prepared not to show the flat to African-Caribbean people – and many detailed how they had done it before.
The lettings manager at A to Z Property Services, in Dollis Hill, said: “We cannot be shown discriminating against a community. But obviously we’ve got our ways around that.” Another manager said, “99% of my landlords don’t want Afro-Caribbeans or any troublesome people.”
SMH. Racism is just as real everywhere else as it is here in the United States……and U.N.E.N.O.