“No kids” = $6000 fine
CBC Radio Noon just covered this story about a woman receiving $6000 because she was told she couldn’t rent a flat because she had two small kids. It’s a slightly odd tale (who uses a real estate agent to rent out one small duplex flat?) but it made me wonder, and since I know a few landlords read this blog, I’m asking:
You’re sole resident owner of a small building and you have a flat to rent out. It’s at your discretion who you choose, no? You might decide someone looks or sounds disreputable in some way, and in a case like this one, since you’re not just choosing a tenant but also an upstairs or downstairs neighbour you’ll have to live alongside for at least a year, you need to find someone congenial to you.
I actually don’t think it unreasonable for these elderly folks not to want two little kids charging up and down upstairs of them. Their error was clearly in voicing this instead of telling the famous Landlord White Lie as so often used to people of colour, too-young people, too-shabby people: sorry, someone else signed a lease just this morning.
Should there be different rules for people who own one small building and want their one rental flat to go to someone they feel OK about living close to, as opposed to huge REIT companies with massive numbers of apartments to rent out? And how do you cope with racism and other prejudices in this situation?
It’s a tricky one.