A 25-year old man was denied tenancy in a suite located in Kitsilano after it became apparent to the landlords that he carried a homosexual orientation.
Global BC reports that over the weekend, Jonathan Pretty was no longer able to rent the suite that he had signed a lease for merely 10 hours earlier on Saturday.
He thought it was a done deal until he received a call the next day from the landlord telling him to pick up his damage deposit. Over the phone, Pretty asked landlord Ted Salatellis “just to be clear, you’re not renting the suite to me because I’m gay?” His answer was allegedly “yes.”
According to the report which also interviewed the landlord, Salatellis and his family took issue with the possibility that Pretty’s boyfriend might visit the suite and that children or other men living in the house could have a problem if the two men were seen kissing.
Shockingly, with a gay man living under the same roof, he and his wife were also worried about the possibility of contracting HIV.
However, he also admits that his family is in the wrong and did not realize that reneging the legal document on the basis of sexual orientation is in fact illegal and violates the areas of tenancy and purchase of property.
It violates Section 10 of the BC Human Rights Code:
A person must not (1) deny to a person or class of persons the right to occupy, as a tenant, space that is represented as being available for occupancy by a tenant, or (2) discriminate against a person or class of persons regarding a term or condition of the tenancy of the space, because of the race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, age or lawful source of income of that person or class of persons, or of any other person or class of persons.
Salatellis is ‘fine’ that Pretty has decided to take the matter of discrimination to the BC Human Rights Tribunal. Since the weekend, Pretty has found another place to rent.
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