Unfortunately, local authorities are able to discriminate like this.
It can get even worse where they are actually allowed (this has been to court) to stop people selling houses to a buyer who hasn’t lived in the area for a period of years. It is very common in national parks, Yorkshire and Devon. So you see, it can actually be much worse than your case.
Certainly, they are allowed to charge differential rents in cases like that.
However if it happened but the majority of local authority tenants were of a particular religion then a particular sex there a particular race, are the same further private tenants, then that could be indirect discrimination.
The reason I asked how many other people may be affected like this is that to take the local authority to court for an application for judicial review, is not going to be cheap risk-free and hence, the people join in the action the less money has to be put in the part and the less money you risk. In addition, if you took them to court and he was successful, you would have the cost risk and everyone else would have the benefit with no risk. Judicial review does not necessarily change the decision, it just forces the council to review the way in the which the decision was reached. The decision may end up being the same.
What you can do, free of charge and without risk is make a complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman of the fairness of this action by the council. The Local Government Ombudsman is based in Coventry.
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