Discrimination and premises

Explains what laws protect you from discrimination when you buy, rent, or occupy property, what you can do if you have been discriminated against and where you can get support and advice. Applies to England and Wales.


Sometimes people are treated worse because of their mental health condition. This is called discrimination and, if you experience it when you are occupying or buying premises, you may have a legal right to challenge it.

Quick facts

  • The Equality Act 2010 is the law that gives you the right to challenge discrimination. You are protected under the Equality Act if you can show that you have been treated worse because of certain protected characteristics, like a mental health problem.
  • The Equality Act protects you from discrimination when you buy, rent or occupy premises. 'Premises' means buildings and land that goes with them in which people live, or that they use for their business.
  • If your landlord is a public authority, they will have an additional duty to eliminate discrimination, called the public sector equality duty.
  • If you think you have experienced disability discrimination when you buying, renting or occupying premises, there are several things you can do to make a complaint.

Please note

  • This guide covers┬ádiscrimination when you buy or occupy premises from the point of view of a person with a mental health problem.
  • This guide applies to England and Wales.
  • This guide contains general legal information, not legal advice. We recommend you get advice from a specialist legal adviser or solicitor who will help you with your individual situation and needs. See Useful contacts for more information.
  • The legal information in this guide does not apply to children unless specifically stated.

This information was published in January 2016. We will revise it in 2018.

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