'Premises' means buildings and land that goes with them (property) in which people live. This includes flats and houses. It could be the whole of the property or part of it.
You are protected from discrimination when you are:
- buying a property
- renting a property
- living in a property.
People who must not discriminate against you include:
- private landlords
- property owners
- housing associations
- local authorities
- letting agencies
- estate agents
- property management associations.
The law regarding discrimination and property (premises) does not apply to these kinds of accommodation:
- Police station custody suites and prison cells. These are covered by the Equality Act under public functions.
- Hospital wards, as this is a service provided by the hospital. These are covered by the Equality Act under services.
- In some circumstances, if your landlord lives with you, or if it is a small premises. It is important to get advice if you think this may apply to you.
If your landlord takes court proceedings to evict you, then it is important to get advice from a housing solicitor. (See Useful contacts for information on where you can get legal advice.)