LGBT charities and activists staged a ‘kiss-in’ protest outside a north London letting agency last week after a lesbian couple were denied a flat by a landlord last May.
A large group of LGBT people gathered outside Wood Green Estates to voice their opposition to the couple’s treatment.
The couple approached the letting agency in May to view a specific flat but claim that they were told it was only being advertised for straight couples.
The protestors allege that the pair were told that because they were both women they were not considered a ‘proper couple’ and were offered no further help from the agency.
In a statement, The Outside Project, a charity that seeks to provide shelter for homeless LGBT+people, said that the agency had refused to show the apartment to the couple because the landlord was looking for “male/female couples”.
Carla Ecola, director of The Outside Project, commented: “Prejudice from estate agencies and landlords drive our community to illegal, insecure tenancy agreements in areas they do not feel safe and adds to the alarmingly higher rate of homelessness amongst our community.
“We support this peaceful protest in standing together against the LGBTIQ+ homelessness caused by the systemic oppression of our community within the housing sector and demand equality in access to safe accommodation.”
Wood Green Estates has denied allegations of homophobia and argue that the couple were only denied the flat because the landlord wanted to rent to just a single tenant.