News March 1997


12 March 1997

Racism in Housing: Blacklining

In 1994, Muzaffar Yousaf and his wife Shaaisda faced discrimination while trying to view a house in Newton Mearns, Glasgow. This incident was not the first time they experienced such treatment, as they had previously encountered discrimination when attempting to view another property in the same area. These incidents shed light on the practice of "blacklining," where individuals or communities are discriminated against based on their race or ethnicity in the housing market. Blacklining involves denying access to housing options or treating certain groups unfairly during the buying or renting process. This discriminatory practice violates equal housing rights and perpetuates social and economic disparities. The Yousaf family won their case after an appeal.

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