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Is it legitimately legal for a landlord to say that they want families only or only three tenants?

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Hi,

I’m in a party of four and we’ve been looking for a house in Manchester for the past month – we are all young professionals – our search has hit a number of different walls due to landlords stating that they do not want us to move in because they are only seeking families as tenants. 

These houses have all had four bedrooms, however, several landlords have claimed that they will only accept three of us to live in their property. 

Is this completely legal?

Thanks!

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Yes, absolutely. The landlord may choose the type of tenants they want to occupy the property. Also, they may at their own discretion not give you the property for any reason and are not even required to give you a reason. 

You have to understand that this is not discrimination. For example, if you were a family of

For example, if you were a family of colour or came from Syria, and the landlord denied you the property, but let a white Christian family instead, you would have a valid reason to be offended. However, still, the landlord may choose at their discretion to let the other family in, and not you. I don’t think that there is practically anything you can do about it. 

However, in your case, the landlord is simply choosing not to let to three unrelated tenants and there are some valid arguments to do so: 

  • A family’s internal dynamics is usually more coherent, thus smaller chance for things to turn sour in between the occupants. 
  • Usually, a family rents together and leaves together. Flat-sharers don’t always follow suit. 
  • Families are usually more settled and live more peaceful and calm lives. 

While the above may not apply to you and the landlord may just as easily let a family of drug abusers and anti-social people in, STATISTICALLY, a family is a less risky set of tenants than flat-sharers. 

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