It’s illegal, but they practice it. A test carried out by the SOS-Racisme association reveals that 48.5% of real estate agencies agree to have discriminatory practices towards black and North African people, in a report relayed by Franceinfo and ReleaseMonday, March 21, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The members of the association contacted 136 real estate agencies throughout France posing as racist landlords who did not wish to rent to people of North African or sub-Saharan African origin.
Agencies are complicit in these practices: “No problem, you’ll just have to specify it when you hand over your accommodation and, of course, we won’t visit if you don’t want people from a certain community. » Or : “You’re not the first to ask me this kind of thing, it’s as if I hadn’t heard anything and, afterwards, it’s you who tell me yes or who tell me no”answer the agencies cited by Release.
Reminder of the law
Three-quarters of the agencies recall that the law prohibits these practices. These agencies belong in particular to the Fnaim network, but also to Century 21, Guy Hocquet, Stéphane Plaza and Orpi. However, one out of four makes the selection itself, while one out of four estate agents refuses to do so, leaving the owner to take care of it.
During a test in 2019 carried out on Ile-de-France agencies, 51% of agencies endorsed these practices. Rental discrimination is punishable by up to three years’ imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros.