The real estate network Laforêt announced on Wednesday that it had suspended Wednesday its franchise agreement with the agency located in the Lilac, which had published an announcement specifying “not black”.
The real estate network Laforêt announced on Wednesday that it had suspended Wednesday its franchise agreement with the agency located in the Lilas (Seine-Saint-Denis), which has made a card to rent a racist, “pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation in progress.”
This fact sheet visit for an accommodation in Levallois-Perret (Hauts-de-Seine) stated: “Nationality: French mandatory, not Black”. It was revealed in late November by a visitor who was photographed and then posted the announcement on Twitter. The tweet had gone unnoticed until franceinfo do the relays this week.
The human rights Defender, in charge of the fight against discrimination has opened an investigation, with the agency, but also the owner. For its part, the association’s anti-racist House mates-House Equality has filed a complaint against the real estate agency and the owner of the apartment for “subordination of the rental offer to a criterion of nationality and skin colour”.
“I’m absolutely not racist” The owner of the apartment for rent
The agency had said on franceinfo that it is “on order of the owner who is a racist”, that a former employee “took the responsibility to mark” this precision on the sheet. “It was naive and ill-formed, it has been transcribed without knowledge.”
The owner responded on the same media: “I’m absolutely not racist. I have three tenants mughrabi in this building and a tenant black,” she said. “I cannot explain this advert, it comes from Laforêt. Moreover, we do not work with them since the 31st of October, I was not satisfied with their work”, she assured.
Laforet has offered “its sincerest apology to all the people who have been shocked by this deviance”. The network added, “that all his terms of office leasing and management include clauses recalling the prohibition of the owner to refuse to rent to you for a discriminatory reason”.