What does 'premises' mean?
'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.
When am I protected from discrimination?
You are protected under the Equality Act 2010 (the law that gives you the right to challenge discrimination) if you can show that:
- your mental health problem is a disability, and
- you have been treated worse because of your mental health problem.
Is my mental health problem a disability?
'Disability' has a special legal meaning under the Equality Act, and can include mental health problems. To find out more, see our legal page on disability.
The Equality Act protects you from discrimination in certain situations, such as when you:
The law regarding discrimination and property (premises) does not apply to these kinds of accomodation:
- 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.)