A gay couple in London have been refused viewing of a three-bedroom house in Surrey by landlords because of their sexuality, the Mirror has reported.
Lachlan Mantell, 37, and Luke Whitehouse, 34, have been told by the current owners of the £650,000 property that they are ‘unwilling’ to let the couple view or buy the house due to their religious beliefs.
The couple, who have been together for eight years, had planned to visit the house last Saturday but received a message from the sellers via Purplebricks.
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The message read: “Dear Lachlan and Luke, thank you for sharing your situation with us.
“We are sorry if we seem intrusive, but just want to make it clear that we would not be willing for two men in partnership to see or buy our home. As this is contrary to the gracious worldly teachings of God, the Holy Bible, per example Romans 1:24-28 and Jude (King James Version).”
Speaking to the BBC from London, Lachlan said: “For the first time we could make an offer, and love it so much, and to have that reaction, took our breath away. It was so disappointing.
“We don’t wish the couple any ill will, we just want to send the message that this kind of thing happens and it’s not acceptable.”
Luke, from Putney, added: “We’ve had homophobia before, but it seemed to be on a bigger scale.
“It was holding us back from progressing in our lives, not just a flippant remark. It was like the greatest form of discrimination I’ve ever experienced.”
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Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Lachlan said: 3It’s taken a long time to get to that point in our lives where we’re ready to find a home and have that reaction for the first property we were going to look at was devastating and truly upsetting.”
Regarding the owners they had been in contact with, Luke told GMB: “They wanted to know a bit more about us as a couple, which we thought was a bit strange, but because we didn’t have it. done before telling them.”
The couple shared that they were a couple and that Lachlan’s brother lived in the area where the property was located.
Luke added: “I felt quite naive thinking that homophobia didn’t really exist anymore and that was a bit of a slap in the face to show that it actually was.”
Lachlan told GMB that his mother was “heartbroken” by the news that the couple had been refused a visit to the Surrey home.
The couple said they have no plans to take legal action and that the search for their first home together will continue.
A Purplebricks spokesperson told them: “Thank you for sharing this post Lachlan and we are so sorry you had this experience.
“This position is completely opposed to our opinions and our values.
“We will refund this seller’s fees as Purplebricks no longer wishes to list them.”
A Purplebricks spokesperson told the Mirror: “The sentiments expressed in this post are completely opposed to the views and values of Purplebricks.
“We have contacted the seller to refund his fees and ask him to sell his property with another agent.”
Trainee journalist – LGBT+ specialist. Previously worked for Daily Star, The Sun, Brixton Blog and South West Londoner.
Three stories written this month include an in-depth interview with LGBTQ+ activist Peter Tatchell ahead of the 50th anniversary of UK Gay Pride, an interview with a former lieutenant commander who had to keep his sexuality a secret in the armed forces for 20 years who lost his partner to AIDS two days before leaving the Navy and a conversation with the founder of The Gay Men’s Dance Company which offers vocational training, pole dancing and a dance class in heels.
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