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Politician seeks ban on age-based rent discrimination

Plans to stop landlords in Jersey from discriminating against families with children have been lodged with the States Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/PA Images

Plans to stop landlords in Jersey from discriminating against families with children have been lodged with the States.

Deputy Montfort Tadier of Reform Jersey says property owners have a 'social responsibility' not to refuse tenants based on the fact they have children.

Deputy Tadier wants the Minister for Housing, Deputy Anne Pryke, along with the Minister for Home Affairs, Deputy Kristina Moore, to draw up legislation which would ban discrimination against prospective tenants who have children below 18 years of age.

In his proposition, he also refers to the Jersey Care Inquiry report, published last July, which highlighted 'restricted practices by landlords to have been a factor in the lack of accommodation for families'.

His proposition will be debated next month.

Jeff O'Boyle of Bedell Cristin's property team has warned landlords to be aware of the consequences of such a change in the law.

Landlords and letting agents should follow this story very carefully because the proposed change in the law would be a game-changer for the rental market.

If the States decide that tenants with children are being discriminated against, landlords will need to set out clear, justifiable grounds when refusing to let property to tenants with children.

Any hint of ambiguity in their reasoning may be challengeable on the grounds of discrimination."

– Jeff O'Boyle, Bedell Cristin