Tagged: Letting Agents

Would you rent your property to a black person?

In a recent episode of “Inside Out” broadcast on the BBC on Monday the 14th of October 2013, it was discovered the some Letting Agents were actively discriminating against black tenants.

What staggers me is certain sections of the media, in their outrage, are acting like covert racism is a new problem.

In the past, I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve rung up to view a flat, only to find when I’ve arrived for a viewing twenty minutes later to be told the property is no longer available.

Racism is still alive and kicking.

To assume otherwise is frankly naive, and misguided.

On the other hand, my current landlord clearly doesn’t care what colour I am. We’ve spoken on the phone many times, but never met.

I pay my rent on time, he is content.

There is no place in today’s society for racism of any kind.

Problem is nowadays, in many cases, racism is a little more subtle.

I hope in my lifetime that we get to a stage where colour doesn’t matter.

We are all simply human beings, after all.

I doubt we’ll get there, but you have to have a little hope….

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