Rental agencies in Brighton are committed to ending rental discrimination

SEVEN rental agencies across the city have signed a campaign group’s pledge to end discriminatory housing practices.

Union Acorn visited several rental agents and asked them to sign a pledge to refrain from actions such as not accepting renters on Universal Credit or housing benefit.

It comes after Brighton and Hove City Council’s housing committee approved a motion to end rent discrimination on June 22.

Naomi Gann, organizer of Acorn South East said: “We are delighted that seven rental agencies have signed the Acorn Pledge and we will wait and see if they live up to it.

The Argus: Members outside of Fox and SonsMembers outside of Fox and Sons

“Landlords and rental agencies have been able to get away with discriminatory practices for far too long and this campaign has finally laid the groundwork for change.

“Our members will revisit the agencies that refuse to sign and ensure the council is delivering on its promise to fight discrimination in housing and to help tenants seek justice.”

The agencies that signed the pledge were Paul Bott and Co, Fox and Sons, Coastway Property Management, Porters Estate Agents, Sparks and Son, NGB Lettings and Leaders.

The Argus: The group will go around other rental agencies in the futureThe group will bypass other rental agencies in the future

Other agencies said they would need time to consider signing the pledge.

A City Council spokesman said: “A motion to support ending rent discrimination was approved by our housing committee in June.

“The motion emphasized that so-called “no-DSS” policies are discriminatory and create barriers for claimants.

“These include practices such as requiring six months’ rent in advance, homeowner guarantees and unaffordable terms and conditions.

The Argus: The group outside Hove Town Hall last yearThe group outside Hove Town Hall last year

“We will provide advice and signpost information to help tenants and potential tenants take action against such discrimination.

“We are also working to develop an ethical charter for landlords, in which landlords pledge not to discriminate.”

Speaking at the Housing Committee meeting in June, Gill Williams, spokeswoman for Labor’s Housing Committee, said: “It is our moral obligation as a council to stand up for equality and tenants’ rights, by condemning discrimination in private homes and by taking all the measures at our disposal to root out these unlawful practices by fraudulent landlords and rental agencies.

“As a city, we rightly oppose discrimination in all its forms – we need to show the same determination on this issue and eradicate discrimination against beneficiaries in the private rental sector.” Rental agencies in Brighton are committed to ending rental discrimination

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