Bigot Landlord Changes Ad To ‘Straight Couples Only’ After Gay Couple Shows Interest (IMAGES)

When people are renting a home to strangers on public sites like Craigslist, they rarely inquire about their potential roommate or tenants’ personal life – much less their sexuality – right off the bat. That’s why couple Ross Boulter and his partner, Mikey, were left speechless while doing an online search for a flat on Spareroom.co.uk  — and encountered blatant homophobia. 

The listing that Ross and Mikey were interested in was a studio that said “will suit professional couple” in the description.

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The couple tried to get more details on the room, but were disappointed and appalled when they revisited the listing later. The ad for the studio had been edited to state that the room was still available — but not to any homosexuals. The description had been changed to:

“Room 3: Avail: VACANT AND AVAILABLE NOW: Ideal for a straight couple.”

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Ross was surprised, as it was an agency that had created the listing — not just some random homophobe behind a computer.

“At first the ad didn’t say it was for straight couples so I enquired [sic]. The ad then [changed to say it was] for straight couples.To be honest we were both pretty shocked as it was an agency… we also couldn’t understand why.”

By any fair standards, Ross and Mikey would have been excellent candidates, and should have had just as much opportunity to apply for the room as anyone else. After all, they fit the profile of the “professional couple” originally described on the ad perfectly.

“What difference would a gay couple living there make? We both have good jobs… we both work full time and could easily afford the rent. We also have impeccable references.

“It just seems wrong that we can’t move into a house, which clearly advertises for a couple, because we are not straight. I find it hypocritical that we are preaching about gay rights to countries such as Russia, yet it is happening on our own doorstep. Maybe not as severe but it’s happening all the same.”

Photo Credit: Ross Boulter Facebook

Photo Credit: Ross Boulter Facebook

Ross said that even if the agency changed its tone, he and Mikey don’t want any part of it. “Now [that] I think about it,” he said, “I’d rather be homeless than give my hard earned money to an agency that discriminates someone because of the way they were born and who they fell in love with”.

The couple has complained to Spareroom.co.uk and a spokesperson said the agent will be contacted regarding the incident because discriminating someone for their sexual orientation is against the law.

“There are some exemptions and grey areas when it comes to discrimination in shared properties, but the law is incredibly clear in this instance. An agent (or landlord for that matter) can’t discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation, it’s illegal.”

Featured image: via Ross Boulter’s Facebook page