The Law of
prohibits discrimination in because of:
In the Sale and
Rental of Housing: No one may take any of the following actions based on colour,
national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap:
rent or sell housing
negotiate for housing
different terms, conditions or privileges for sale or rental of a dwelling
different housing services or facilities
deny that housing is available for inspection, sale, or rental
profit, persuade owners to sell or rent (blockbusting) or
anyone access to or membership in a facility or service (such as a multiple
listing service) related to the sale or rental of housing
In Addition: It is illegal for anyone to:
coerce, intimidate or interfere with anyone exercising their rights or
assisting others who exercise that right
or make any statement that indicates a limitation or preference based on color,
national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap.
It will be
interesting to see the full application of discriminatory laws playing out In
South Africa, as many adverts for instance for shared accommodation would state
clearly that the applicant is to be female. Or garden flatlet adverts
specifying single people only. Newspaper themselves have however, denied
adverts for “Christian” flatmates.
if you have a physical or mental disability (including hearing, mobility and
visual impairments) that substantially limits one or more major life activities
and have a record of such a disability, your landlord may not, within reason;
let you make reasonable modifications to your dwelling or common use areas, at
your expense, if necessary for the disabled person to use the housing. (Where
reasonable, the landlord may permit changes only if you agree to restore the
property to its original condition when you move.)
make reasonable accommodations in rules, policies, practices or services if
necessary for the disabled person to use the housing.
Example: A building with a "no pets" policy must allow a visually
impaired tenant to keep a guide dog.
Example: An apartment complex that offers tenants ample, unassigned parking
must honour a request from a mobility-impaired tenant for a reserved space near
her apartment if necessary to assure that she can have access to her apartment.
However, housing need not be made available to a person who is a direct threat
to the health or safety of others or who currently uses illegal drugs.
Requirements for New Buildings
and property owners need to be aware that legislation is constantly developing
and changing in order to fully accommodate the disabled and they must bear this
in mind for buildings that have an elevator and/or multiple units:
common areas must be accessible to persons with disabilities
hallways must be wide enough for wheelchairs
route into and through the unit
light switches, electrical outlets, thermostats and other environmental
bathroom walls to allow later installation of grab bars and
and bathrooms that can be used by people in wheelchairs.
attempts at not just complying but being pro-active will ensure full compliance
as legislation is developed and introduced.
If you feel you have been unfairly discriminated against why not give me a call
and I will try and assist you in addressing the issue.