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What are the different types of discrimination in housing?

If you've been treated unfairly by someone like a landlord or estate agent when renting, buying or living in a property, it may be unlawful discrimination. This section explains what the different types of unlawful discrimination are when you're renting, buying or living in a property.

Direct discrimination

Explains what direct discrimination means and when the unfair treatment you experience when renting, buying or living in property is unlawful.

Indirect discrimination

Explains what indirect discrimination means and when a policy, practice or rule disadvantages you when renting, buying or living in property.

Pregnancy and maternity discrimination

Explains what to do if you think you have been discriminated against because you are pregnant or have recently given birth, when renting, buying or living in property.

Discrimination because of something connected to your disability

Explains what to do if you think you have been discriminated against because of something connected to your disability, when renting, buying or living in property.

Duty to make reasonable adjustments

Explains the duty of a landlord or manager of a property to make reasonable adjustments to allow disabled people to live in the property more easily.

Adaptations to your home

Explains adaptations a landlord must make to your home if it is reasonable to do so. Also, covers arranging to make adaptions yourself, with your landlord's consent and getting a tenancy agreement changed to allow the adaptations to be made.

When might a landlord not have to make reasonable adjustments?

Explains the situations when a landlord or manager of a property doen't have to make reasonable adjustments to allow disabled people to live in the property more easily.

Harassment

Explains the kinds of behaviour which count as harassment when renting, buying or living in property.

Victimisation

Explains what is meant by victimisation, when you have raised concerns about discrimination against you, or someone else, when renting, buying or living in property.

What doesn't count as unlawful discrimination in housing?

Situations which do not count as unlawful discrimination when renting, buying or living in property, when an owner or landlord is allowed to treat some people differently from others.