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No Blacks. No Irish. No Dogs. London letting agents 'refuse black tenants'

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24372509

 

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.
 
'Sorry, it's gone'
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.
 
A to Z estate agent
An A to Z estate agent said he would not call back unwanted tenants
"99% of my landlords don't want Afro-Caribbeans or any troublesome people."
 
The lettings manager at National Estate Agents, Willesden, said: "When someone [African-Caribbean] comes in, we won't advise them of this property.
 
"Even if it does get [asked about] we make up an excuse, to be honest with you."
 
When a black researcher asked to view the property, the National agent told him: "I'm sorry, that one's gone."
 
The property was still on the market - and a white researcher got offered a viewing.
 
The A to Z agent told the black researcher he would call him to arrange a viewing. Despite a second inquiry, the agent never got back in touch.
 
The agent had previously explained how he could deter unwanted tenants, saying: "We don't say no there and then. We just don't call them back (laughter)."
 
Once again, the white researcher received an appointment with no fuss.
 
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IN THEIR OWN WORDS
 
A selection of comments from other agents willing to discriminate on behalf of a landlord:
 
"We can tell from speaking to them on the phone what their colour is."
 
"Without openly advertising that it's no Afro-Caribbeans allowed, we'd obviously understand that it's not available."
 
"We're in this age where people want to be politically correct, but without being racist, it happens."
 
"We can always make an excuse that it's under offer, we are just waiting for someone's references."
 
"Any landlord who is not happy with any nation, we have no problem with that. I'm not going to see like you are racist."
 
Figures shared with the BBC suggest perception of discrimination remains widespread.
 
A survey of 750 adults by the Runnymede Trust found 29% of black people seeking private housing had experienced discrimination - compared to 1% of white respondents.
 
Rob Berkeley, director of Runnymede, said: "It's shocking that in 2013 outright racism is stopping people from finding a home.
 
"Many people think the days of landlords hanging 'No Blacks' signs outside properties are long gone - but discrimination clearly still exists."
 
Despite repeated approaches, National Estate Agents made no comment.
 
When confronted in his office, the A to Z Property Services agent said it was "pointless taking on a property" if the landlord "doesn't like" the client's ethnicity.
 
'Nothing to hide'
He continued: "We have plenty of Afro-Caribbean clients - I can show you our files.
 
"We've got nothing to hide. We don't discriminate against anybody."
 
The investigation comes 45 years after race relations laws banning discrimination in housing first came in.
 
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Tinchy Stryder
The BBC showed its footage to pop star Tinchy Stryder, who has headlined the Love Music Hate Racism festival and spoken out against discrimination.
 
The rapper, born in Ghana, said: "Did I really just see that? I'm speechless. They don't feel like they are doing anything wrong, that's the most shocking thing - the casual aspect of it.
 
"I've had places I wanted and they said, 'It's gone'. How do I know it wasn't because of my background?"
 
He added: "It's wrong. It's more than wrong. I didn't think that was still happening."
 
After viewing the BBC's evidence, equality lawyer Arpita Dutt said: "These individuals know what they're doing and know what they're doing is wrong.
 
"Equally, they know how to get round it.
 
"There's no defence that 'I did it because somebody told me to' - it's absolutely unlawful and in this case there was clear discrimination."
 
Don Foster MP, who was the housing minister between 2012 and 2013, said: "I was horrified. Discrimination has no place in London, it has no place in the rest of the country. We've got firm legislation against it.
 
"What it will rely on is people who've been the victim of discrimination coming forward."
 
But BBC London has learned that, although 36 people told the Property Ombudsman they were the victim of racial discrimination in the past three years, not one single complaint was upheld.
 
Only two allegations resulted in a full investigation.
 
Mr Foster said existing enforcement was robust and the government was making membership of industry redress schemes mandatory for letting agents.
 
During its investigation the BBC spoke to letting agents who condemned the practices exposed.
 
Nicola Humphries, of Maida Vale Properties, said: "I'm appalled by the behaviour of some agents in the industry.
 
"There are some agents who will say anything and do anything to close a deal.
 
"We need to change the culture - but like any sales business it's a cut throat world and maintaining integrity is not easy."
 
Inside Out London is broadcast on BBC One at 19:30 BST and nationwide on the iPlayer for seven days thereafter

 

Ask your parents or grandparents about the sh*t they used to endure in the 50s and 60s.

 

These signs were a regular in windows:

 

No-Irish-No-Blacks-No-Dogs.jpg

 

I've always though that people just tend to hide discrimination more are are more subtle about it. This just confirms it.

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This sort of thing doesn't surprise me either tbh

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Doesn't surprise me .

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Doesn't surprise me .

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Madness.

 

Not even blacks though, Afro Caribbean lol.

 

I lose a little hope in this world each day.

 

 

But this is why we have to be conscious of supporting each other.

 

This is why the notion of me picking up a white girl and helping her to advance is a nonsense in my eyes.

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You need to keep things in perspective, Good things happen everyday but as you know good news doesn't sell and any race related story will.

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Madness.

 

Not even blacks though, Afro Caribbean lol.

 

I lose a little hope in this world each day.

 

 

But this is why we have to be conscious of supporting each other.

 

This is why the notion of me picking up a white girl and helping her to advance is a nonsense in my eyes.

Afro-Caribbean, Black African, it's all the same shit to them, lol.

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willesden yeah....SNM, 

 

 

*grabs a brick*

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Madness.

 

But this is why we have to be conscious of supporting each other.

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Just watched the video on the link,

 

Knew it would be asians smh

 

Biggest inferiority complex going

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Madness.

 

Not even blacks though, Afro Caribbean lol.

 

I lose a little hope in this world each day.

 

 

But this is why we have to be conscious of supporting each other.

 

This is why the notion of me picking up a white girl and helping her to advance is a nonsense in my eyes.

 

Lol its all blacks.

 

Some would say its more reason to send her in for you to advance lol.

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Oh and this definitely happens, I know this from history.

 

Its peak if your renting and your going for the in demand houses, you better be going for the shit holes or the high end and have a clean credit history.

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lol

 

If a man was thinking that way I can't blame him.

 

Best believe it's better to send a woman in for most cases though.

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Madness.

 

Not even blacks though, Afro Caribbean lol.

 

I lose a little hope in this world each day.

 

 

But this is why we have to be conscious of supporting each other.

 

This is why the notion of me picking up a white girl and helping her to advance is a nonsense in my eyes.

 

Lol its all blacks.

 

Some would say its more reason to send her in for you to advance lol.

 

Smh

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Landlords do favour certain backgrounds over others due to experience.

Won't lie have done it in selecting tenants..

I think afro Caribbean was referring to all blacks here.

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African caribbean isn't the same as afro-caribbean

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Lol, when they talking about you can tell on the telephone, they mean black period. Hell they probably even mean the mixed folk too, well defo the men anyway.

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asians =  most of dem coconuts

 

pakistanis =  biggest racists on earth

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asians =  most of dem coconuts

 

pakistanis =  biggest racists on earth

 

:/

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afro caribbeans = caribbeans .

I know what it means. In this context though. They just swapped it for the word black.

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