Gillespie Lowe Equality Policy

Gillespie Lowe treat all our clients equally and we do not discriminate on any grounds including the Housing Assistance grounds.

We fully comply with our Obligations under the Equal Status Acts 2000-2015

Obligations under the Equal Status Acts 2000-2015

Discrimination in the provision of accommodation services is prohibited by the Equal Status Acts 2000 – 2015 (“the ESA”).

A person (this includes private persons, landlords, estate agents, and property agents) shall not publish or, display or cause to be published or displayed an advertisement which indicates an intention to engage in discrimination, or might reasonably be understood as indicating such an intention.

Both advertisers and property agents can be liable for discriminatory advertisements, on the instructions of property owners and/or landlords.

In the context of the provision of accommodation, and services and amenities relating to accommodation, there are ten protected grounds, these are:

The Gender ground: You are entitled to equal treatment whether you are a man, a woman or a transgender person.

The Civil Status ground: You are entitled to equal treatment whether you are single, married, separated, divorced, widowed, in a civil partnership or previously in a civil partnership.

The Family Status ground: You are entitled to equal treatment whether you are pregnant, a parent of a child under 18 years, or the resident primary carer or parent of a person with a disability, or a person without family status.

The Sexual Orientation ground: You are entitled to equal treatment whether you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or heterosexual.

The Religion ground: You are entitled to equal treatment no matter what your religious beliefs are or even if you don’t hold any religious beliefs.

The Age ground: You are entitled to equal treatment if you are any age over 18. (The age ground only applies to young people under 18 if they hold a driver’s licence and are buying car insurance.)

The Disability ground: You are entitled to equal treatment if you have a disability, for example, physical, intellectual, learning, cognitive or emotional. Disability could also mean that you suffer from a particular medical condition. Accommodation providers are under an obligation to provide reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities.

The Race ground: You are entitled to equal treatment no matter what your race, skin colour, nationality or ethnic origin is.

The Traveller Community ground: You are entitled to equal treatment if you are a member of the Traveller community and share the traditions and culture of Travellers in Ireland.

The Housing Assistance ground: You are entitled to equal treatment if you are in receipt of rent supplement, housing assistance payments, or any other social welfare payments.