38 per cent of students have reported discrimination from their landlords on the basis of gender, ethnicity and/or religious beliefs, according to new research from StudentTenant.
One in five men claimed that they had experienced gender discrimination, with landlords assuming that male tenants are messier and louder, as well as being more likely to cause damage to the property.
Ethnicity was also cited by one in four university age tenants, with one student from the Middle East claiming that his landlord nearly trebled his rent upon hearing where he was from.
Adding to this, one in ten claimed to have fallen victim to religious discrimination, whilst in total, 22 per cent felt as though they had been refused a student property by a private landlord on the basis of their sex, race or relgion.
Managing director of StudentTenant.com, Danielle Cullen, said: ‘During my time at StudentTenant.com I have been continuously surprised at the outlandish requests from landlords, and outright discrimination students face when looking for a house. It’s incredibly alarming to see how many students have had a difficult time due to their sexuality, race or religious beliefs. Stereotypes shouldn’t dictate how a student tenant is expected to act, or whether they’re going to be a good or bad tenant for a landlord. Landlords shouldn’t have the power to turn away tenants based on their sex. What’s to say that a male tenant would be messier, louder or a worse tenant than a female one?’
Cullen continued: ‘I think a lot of the problem here is a landlord’s awareness of actually what they can and can’t do. The attitude we face is very much ‘it’s my house, I can let it to who I want’ and it’s very sad to see the trouble and anguish some of these students are facing. That’s not to say that all landlords are the same, many are very accommodating and kind, but these types of issues need to be identified, and understood as wrong.’