Exceptions in housing

New law in force

The Equality Act came into force on 1 October 2010. Some of the information on this page may be out of date.

Owner-occupiers selling or letting their property are exempt from the amended Act if they do not advertise or use an estate agent, and the discrimination is on grounds of colour or nationality. This exemption does not apply if the discrimination is on grounds of race, ethnic or national origins.

Rental accommodation in "small premises", where the landlord/landlady or owner or a member of his or her family also live, and where they would have to share facilities with people who are not members of the household. This is exempt if the discrimination is on grounds of colour or nationality, but not if the grounds of discrimination are those of race, ethnic or national origin.

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