UPDATE: The original video which was produced by Property Tribes website and how now been removed. The above is an edited version which features the conversation Routledge had about a former tenant.
A youtube video has emerged which reveals shocking details of Paul Routledge (@Paul_Rout) boasting how his Landlord Referencing Service can be used to blacklist tenants who have a mental health condition (transcript now available).
Routledge is being interviewed by the Property Tribes website who seem to be affiliated with him in some way. He tells a ‘hilarious’ story of a former tenant who exhibited unusual behaviour. Barely able to keep a straight face, Routledge recounts how the man was ultimately sectioned under the Mental Health Act.
Not content with mocking him, Routledge also explains how his tenant blacklist could be used by landlords to ensure they do not rent properties to anyone who displays symptoms of a mental health condition. This kind of discrimination is illegal under the Equalities Act.
On Routledge’s website other landlords have boasted how they would not rent properties to people from certain ethnic groups. Now it appears that disabled people are also at threat from Routledge’s tenant blacklist.
In this context in it even more disturbing that on Routledge’s template tenant application form (PDF) he asks for details of any sickness or disabilities (along with nicknames and identifying marks).
Ever since details of Paul Routledge’s tenant blacklist emerged he has claimed that he is the victim of an anarchist troll campaign so this video is posted without further comment. Watch it and decide for yourself whether this man is fit to be a ‘gatekeeper of the community’.
(spotted by @colinsellens)
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