Are Gay Renters Being Discriminated Against In Vancouver?

If you’re a gay couple or a single parent, you may discriminated against when trying to rent an apartment in Metro Vancouver. A recent study from the University of British Columbia (UBC) found that this is occurring in Vancouver but the percentage may be higher if you live in other cities.

The research is courtesy of Prof. Nathanael Lauster who is the first to explore how that kind of discrimination varies by region. Lauster is a little concerned by his findings considering that Vancouver is known for it’s tolerance and acceptance on diversity and has strong housing laws to protect against discrimination. Therefore, if the discrimination occurs in Vancouver, how does it effect other cities?

I honestly don’t find these findings too shocking. When I lived in Winnipeg, I was looking for an apartment with a boyfriend at the time. We were looking for a one bedroom. When the landlord or rental agency asked who was living there and we said both, we were questioned on the matter. We were able to find an apartment eventually but feel like we may have lost out on a few due to the fact that we were a gay couple. Check out the numbers from the study conducted in B.C below.

The study found that gay couples are nearly 25 per cent more likely to be rejected by Metro Vancouver landlords, while single parents are about 15 per cent more likely to be turned down for a suite. Metro Vancouver discrimination rates varied by neighborhood, with landlords in areas such as East Vancouver, with large numbers of single parents, were more likely to reject single-parent tenants.

What do you think about these findings? Do you think that landlord rental discrimination happens in your city? Do you have a story of rental discrimination? Sound off below.