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Unlawful Discrimination (England)

Can landlord prevent tenant becoming a foster carer?

6 Oct 2016 | 1 comment

Landlord wants us to write to tenant to stop her becoming a foster carer. My thoughts are this is discriminatory and not something the landlord could reasonably enforce (apart from issuing notice requiring possession) and risks legal action if they tried?

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  1. guildy

    I agree with you, this seems unreasonable. However, whether it’s actually breaking the law I wouldn’t be too sure.

    The first thing to do is check the terms of the tenancy. Ours says no children without consent but that consent will not be unreasonably withheld. Therefore with our agreement consent would normally have to be given (unless they wanted 10 children or something)!

    The next thing to check is this article about overcrowding. If it would make the property overcrowded then it would be reasonable (and necessary) to refuse consent.

    Ultimately if the landlord really doesn’t want them to be a foster parent, they would have to issue a section 21 without giving reason.

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