A gay couple describes their shock at being refused a viewing and the chance to buy a house in south London because of their sexuality.
The sellers defended their decision to deny the viewing and purchase based on their religious beliefs.
Luke Whitehouse and Lachlan Mantell fell in love with the £650,000 three-bedroom homeA gay couple have described their shock at being refused a viewing and the chance to buy a house in south London because of their sexuality.Lachlan Mantell and Luke Whitehouse were sent a message from the owners of the property they were interested in that said they were "unwilling" to let them view or buy it.
The homeowners defended their decision based on their religious beliefs.Online estate agency Purplebricks has withdrawn the house from their website.Mr Whitehouse, 34, and Mr Mantell, 37, have been together for eight years and planned to view the three-bedroom, £650,000 house last Saturday.Read more: BBC London »
Queen makes surprise appearance to open new Elizabeth line in London
It was not known whether Her Majesty would be able to attend, partly because she has been suffering mobility problems. But she did and Buckingham Palace describes the visit as a 'happy development'. Read more >>
London bus crash: Children injured as double-decker hits shopThree children and two adults have been taken to hospital after a double-decker bus hit a shop in north-east London. Omg Hope everyone is okay of what happened in Highams Park this morning. As I use 212 regularly. Just wish journalist check before posting. The bus is fully electric therefore should not use the line 'blood and petrol' it misleading and confusing to readers.
Guy Ritchie's London pub bursts into flames for the SECOND time in 6 monthsFILM director Guy Ritchie has seen his pub go up in flames for the SECOND time in just six months. Firefighters were called to the Lore of the Land boozer at around 11.20am today after a balcony be… Will he ever learn to switch off the chip pan
Paramedics treat 'number' of people after London bus crashes into buildingParamedics are treating a number of people after a bus crashed into a building in north-east London this morning.
Stunned British student sat ALONE on BA flight from London to OrlandoKai Forsyth, who is from Derby but studies in the U.S., was on his way back to the Sunshine State when he said he realised he was the only ticketed traveller on the plane. Do you want a story that will touch your heart then take a look at this community it is beautiful check out this life changing moment because of this community. Come join in BlueChipStables and see for yourself. and those questions
Woman stabbed to death and man killed after being hit by car in west LondonPolice are working to inform their families.
Home | The Watercooler Event | May 25th & 26th 2022 | Olympia - London | FREE ticket [Register today for a free two-day ticket], What's On, Why Attend, 2022 Partners, Exhibitor OpportunitiesThe Watercooler is a free to attend, two-day exhibition and conference on workplace wellbeing and the future of work (25-26 May 2022, Olympia London). Featuring 100+ hours of expert-led learning, 120+ best-in-class suppliers and unlimited networking opportunities.
Image caption, Luke Whitehouse and Lachlan Mantell fell in love with the £650,000 three-bedroom home A gay couple have described their shock at being refused a viewing and the chance to buy a house in south London because of their sexuality. Lachlan Mantell and Luke Whitehouse were sent a message from the owners of the property they were interested in that said they were "unwilling" to let them view or buy it. The homeowners defended their decision based on their religious beliefs. Online estate agency Purplebricks has withdrawn the house from their website. Mr Whitehouse, 34, and Mr Mantell, 37, have been together for eight years and planned to view the three-bedroom, £650,000 house last Saturday. But, before they could do so they got a message from the sellers via Purplebricks. It read: "Dear Lachlan and Luke, thank you for sharing your circumstances with us. "We're sorry if we seem intrusive, but we just want to make clear that we would be unwilling for two men in a partnership to view or buy our house. As it is contrary to the gracious teaching in God's Word, the Holy Bible, e.g. Romans 1:24-28 and Jude (King James Version)." The couple said they were not planning on taking any legal action, but they were keen to get back to searching for a new home. 'Not acceptable' Mr Mantell told BBC London: "To have it as the first time we could put an offer on, and to love it so much, and to have that reaction, took the wind out of our sails. It was so disappointing. "We don't wish the couple any ill will, we just wanted to get a message out that this kind of thing happens and it is not acceptable." Mr Whitehouse, from Putney and originally from Sedgley, West Midlands, said he initially thought the message was a joke, but then described feeling angry and sad at what they were facing. "We've experienced homophobia before but this seemed like it was on a bigger scale," he said. "It was preventing us from progressing in our lives, not just a flippant remark. "It felt like the biggest form of discrimination I've ever experienced." Purplebricks said the sentiments expressed in the homeowners' message were "completely opposed to Purplebricks' views and values". A spokeswoman added: "We have contacted the seller to return their fee and request that they sell their property with a different agent." Follow BBC London on