A Facebook user has posted an image showing four separate housing classified adverts in London and the West Midlands that appear to only be accepting Muslim tenants.
The post from a user on the Brexit HQ group, if genuine, proves that such advertisements are effectively ‘slipping through the net’ when it comes to ensuring that equality rules are not broken.
There will naturally be people out there who feel that these landlords and homeowners aren’t doing anything wrong on Gumtree, but at the same time there is one very important question that needs to be asked.
What would happen if the word ‘Muslim’ was changed for another faith group?
We’re not saying this to be Islamophobic in any way – far from it – we are just using this as an example to highlight what we feel is an example of the powers that be picking and choosing what they allow to be posted.
In some cases, it may all boil down to the use of the term ‘Muslims preferred’ instead of ‘Muslims only’ – however many will argue that they both amount to the same thing.
The really silly thing here is that these people could easily get around the rules by inviting ‘applications’ from everyone and then only considering Muslim people after all of the viewings have finished.
Again this isn’t exactly fair, but at the end of the day a landlord has the right to choose whoever they want to occupy their property – it’s just that the advertising has to be seen to be fair and equal in nature.
Having said all of this, are there really people who are patrolling the classified sites and shop windows of Britain looking to clamp down on this sort of thing?