1. avatar blonderedhead
    Although hardly shocking that landlords discriminate, I'm pretty pissed off that I'm being discriminated at for being a male.
    I viewed a nice 2 bedroom apartment in the university area where me and my mate are gonna live in, only to find out that the landlord won't let us as he only wants girls (it used to be a 7 bedroom house before it was converted and boys wrecked it, but what you expect with 7 male students in one house). I only got to view the house because my girlfriend rang up, so I suppose if I had of rang they would have said it was taken.
    I'm massively pissed off because there's very few 2 bedrooms available around the area I'm looking.
    I'm gonna be in placement next year and my mate runs an online buisness so we won't be wrecking the place, I told this to the letting agent and they said it probably won't matter.

    So does anyone know what I should do in this situation because there really is no other decent 2 bedrooms about. I'm sure there's some discrimination law I could use against him?
  2. avatar confetti
    http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/discrimination.htm
  3. avatar dommccann
    sue the legs off him.....or at least burn his wheelie bin
  4. avatar artofdarkness
    Wouldn't bother - that landlord's in for a surprise if he thinks a house of girls in the university area is going to be a nunnery, so let karma take its course. There's no point in stopping to think about one place that's not going to be yours, when there's plenty out there.

    When I moved out of Belfast a fortnight ago, I had people offering me two-bedroom places round Lisburn Road/Botanic, it was like being headhunted as a tenant - as luck goes, probably because I was moving away and not looking for another place. So there's places out there, a daily phone call to the estate agents would sort you out.
  5. avatar Amz
    [quote:26bfa82013="artofdarkness"]I had people offering me two-bedroom places round Lisburn Road/Botanic, it was like being headhunted as a tenant[/quote:26bfa82013]

    I spent a good few month looking for a nice 2/3 bed place. Honestly, after looking for a good while - Lisburn Rd/Botanic really aren't worth it unless you REALLY need to be in those areas. I would definitely advise over the bridge on Ormeau, and for 2 bed/3 bed place - in between Ravenhill & Cregagh have some brilliant houses, and nice areas for about 100/150 less a month than say Lisburn Road. Its just the other side of the park and way way way better houses.

    In fact, I lived in Lisburn road for the guts of my time in belfast, and i'm really starting to see how much people are being riped off there. I moved there cause I knew it was an area with few problems, and I didnt really know Belfast so it was a safe choice. Once you know belfast though, get out! (in my opinion of course)
  6. avatar artofdarkness
    I usually find there's no trouble getting somewhere - if people hear you're moving or people know you're looking, mates of mates always know someone, and once the estate agents realise you're after a decent place, they fall over themselves to get their hands on the money.

    I say this because, in my last place, if you didn't have a guarantor, you had to pay four months rent in advance, so with the idea of handing over that much money, I expected them to do everything and more for me from the moment I lifted the phone to them, or else they could say goodbye to it. They work for you, you're the buyer, so to get your money, they'd better get results.
  7. avatar my-angel-rocks
    [quote:95960ec0cb="artofdarkness"]They work for you, you're the buyer, so to get your money, they'd better get results.[/quote:95960ec0cb]

    And they're kinda desperate at the moment.
  8. avatar Amz
    [quote:aaf0b2cc0e="my-angel-rocks"][quote:aaf0b2cc0e="artofdarkness"]They work for you, you're the buyer, so to get your money, they'd better get results.[/quote:aaf0b2cc0e]

    And they're kinda desperate at the moment.[/quote:aaf0b2cc0e]

    We alomst took a house around the corner from the one we're in now, but didn't because they wanted a guarantor. My folks live in Donegal, but they wouldn't accept them as they dont live in the UK (dirty meixcans blah blah...). My sis lives in London, but she wouldn't do cause her mortgage hasn't been finalised yet i.e. no a home owner. So my option was to pay a ridiculous amount up front (in my eyes anyhow - i'm not a student - they had proof of my work contract etc. Seemed unreasonable).

    So we looked another day and found a better place, that didnt look for a gaurantor as I'm working. Nicer house - though there was a bit of a nightmare getting keys. All agents are slightly dodgy in my eyes, but what ya gonna do...

    Back on topic, that's annoying but doubt there's much you can do. And I've heard from a number of landlords that a house full of female students are usually disastrous. I believe them.
  9. avatar blonderedhead
    [quote:68a7fc175a="artofdarkness"]Wouldn't bother - that landlord's in for a surprise if he thinks a house of girls in the university area is going to be a nunnery, so let karma take its course. [/quote:68a7fc175a]

    Haha, do you mean Karma as in bad luck or the student nightclub Karma around the corner? If the second, then yes he will be screwed alright.
  10. avatar Lap Dog Shuffle
    Take it to the papers :-)

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/outrage-over-landlords-no-foreigners-sign-13937449.html
  11. avatar The enfant terrible
    I was once refused a room because I wasn't foreign. The lady said that she didn't like mixing foreigners with people from here.
  12. avatar jonnywad
    If I owned a house, I'd want it full of young girls too. So shut the fuck up and let the man have his fun.
  13. avatar the_vanishin
    estate agents? desperate? i've been trying to get Remax on Stranmillis to give me a contract for a week now. it's as if they're trying to stop me from giving them my money. i had to fill in an application for a contract, and they wont let me sign a contract until the agent "goes over the contract with me" as if i'm incapable of reading the terms myself :roll:

    also, blonderedhead, do you really want to be living in that house if the landlord is treating you like this *before* you enter into a legally binding contract with him?
  14. avatar jonnywad
    [quote:036ec6321c]estate agents? desperate? i've been trying to get Remax on Stranmillis to give me a contract for a week now. it's as if they're trying to stop me from giving them my money. i had to fill in an application for a contract, and they wont let me sign a contract until the agent "goes over the contract with me" as if i'm incapable of reading the terms myself [/quote:036ec6321c]

    If you were to suck him off, you might find the process would speed up for you.
  15. avatar blonderedhead
    [quote:708716b96a="the_vanishin"]
    also, blonderedhead, do you really want to be living in that house if the landlord is treating you like this *before* you enter into a legally binding contract with him?[/quote:708716b96a]

    Well I'm kinda desperate at the minute so I would actually move into it, even if the landlord is a douche. Its a deadly flat and the only other place I could move to at the minute has single glazing, which will turn my balls blue in the winter. Probably go on the hunt again tomorrow for somewhere else, any agents out there want my money?
  16. avatar The enfant terrible
    Poor Johnnywad, thinking if he gives in to people's baser desires it'll make them like him. Still he ends up lonely and confused at the bus stop, asking himself "why don't they even ask me out for a pint afterwards", then the bus driver tells him he doesn't have change for a tenner and Johnnywad wonders off into the night waiting impatiently for days when he will have mates to scrounge a lift off on such occasions...
  17. avatar artofdarkness
    If you're dealing with estate agents, try to get in casual contact with a person who's a partner in the firm and foster a bit of rapport - he/she will have the power to sort things like paperwork out for you NOW, rather than always talking with the well-meaning but sometimes under-organised employees who have to do [i:7d36684938]all[/i:7d36684938] the general stuff day after day. I'm not surprised they lose the thread of things. I talk away with them, but they're not the real decision-makers in the company.
  18. avatar feline1
    the thing is, though - WHAT ABOUT YOUR HYUMIN RAITES LEEK??
  19. avatar Pix
    To be honest I think the landlord is perfectly within his rights to specifiy whom he wants to live there, but shoulda put it in his ad. True about it bein non nunnery though.
    But the '7 lads, what do you expect' comment kinda gets my goat. Wise up.
  20. avatar nonlogic liam
    [quote:f7fa01f954="blonderedhead"]Although hardly shocking that landlords discriminate, I'm pretty pissed off that I'm being discriminated at for being a male.
    I viewed a nice 2 bedroom apartment in the university area where me and my mate are gonna live in, only to find out that the landlord won't let us as he only wants girls (it used to be a 7 bedroom house before it was converted and boys wrecked it, but what you expect with 7 male students in one house). I only got to view the house because my girlfriend rang up, so I suppose if I had of rang they would have said it was taken.
    I'm massively pissed off because there's very few 2 bedrooms available around the area I'm looking.
    I'm gonna be in placement next year and my mate runs an online buisness so we won't be wrecking the place, I told this to the letting agent and they said it probably won't matter.

    So does anyone know what I should do in this situation because there really is no other decent 2 bedrooms about. I'm sure there's some discrimination law I could use against him?[/quote:f7fa01f954]

    This also happened to me this year. It was only resolved when I let the Landlord come and visit the house I was leaving, and told him what a bunch of sissys we were. My first thought when he told me that he only wanted girls was that the house was overloaded with hidden cameras, however, on further inspection this proved to be false. Yet, in my experience girls are much worse than boys when it comes to keeping the place tidy and are far more likely to have people round. This is, however, just my experience of past flat mates. And I did feel sorry for the landlord when he told me these tales of woe about former males that he let live in the house and their destructive inclinations.
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  21. avatar blonderedhead
    [quote:5e4c3ebbcf="Pix"]But the '7 lads, what do you expect' comment kinda gets my goat. Wise up.[/quote:5e4c3ebbcf]

    7 lad students in the Holylands under one roof, its hardly gonna be a nice n clean house. Anyone that wants to live in a 7 bedroom there must know that there will be quite the few parties. And it was probably a load of boys from Cullyhanna or somewhere, because them mountain men seem to roam in packs
  22. avatar The enfant terrible
    [quote:7a5b37e332="blonderedhead"][quote:7a5b37e332="Pix"]But the '7 lads, what do you expect' comment kinda gets my goat. Wise up.[/quote:7a5b37e332]

    7 lad students in the Holylands under one roof, its hardly gonna be a nice n clean house. Anyone that wants to live in a 7 bedroom there must know that there will be quite the few parties. [/quote:7a5b37e332]

    Was it proper decadent (and make no mistake)?
  23. avatar artofdarkness
    [quote:2908934e84="nonlogic liam"]Yet, in my experience girls are much worse than boys when it comes to keeping the place tidy and are far more likely to have people round.[/quote:2908934e84]

    Aye, I've been to view places where the landlord's had to apologise for all the clothes strewn on the floor, like a second carpet, and I've also been to see houses that stank of cats, the women that kept them in that house must have stopped being able to smell them after a while.
  24. avatar jonnywad
    [quote:8d72356450]Poor Johnnywad, thinking if he gives in to people's baser desires it'll make them like him. Still he ends up lonely and confused at the bus stop, asking himself "why don't they even ask me out for a pint afterwards", then the bus driver tells him he doesn't have change for a tenner and Johnnywad wonders off into the night waiting impatiently for days when he will have mates to scrounge a lift off on such occasions...[/quote:8d72356450]

    :lol: I love retarded people. They makes me laugh.
  25. avatar fopp
    I was told once by an estate agents that a landlord can pretty much discriminate based on his/her xenophobia and claim that he/she is doing so for insurance reasons which keeps it legal.

    Can this be right?
  26. avatar Chi-Lite
    As far as I know, a landlord can discriminate against you for whatever reason they wish.

    if they don't want to rent their property to you, they don't have to. Simple as that.

    they don't even have to give a reason, all they have to do is say nah, you're not suitable.
  27. avatar DontPetABurningDog
    That's pretty much it.

    What's illegal is overtly stating why you're doing it, or advertising as such.
  28. avatar feline1
    well whatever happened to all that furore about Free Presbyterians having to allow sodomy in the Bed & Breakfasts then?
  29. avatar Chi-Lite
    Same thing.

    If you don't want people to stay in your house or B&B, you don't have to let them.

    As long as you don't call them all the fruits of the day, and scream at them to get out.