Why won't landlords rent to deaf people?

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villi
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Why won't landlords rent to deaf people?

#1 Unread postby villi » September 6th, 2011, 7:43 pm

Why?!

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Re: Why won't landlords rent to deaf people?

#2 Unread postby Saynotoslumlords » September 6th, 2011, 8:47 pm

Probably just pure discrimination. Oh, you don't look like me, you don't sound like me, you aren't a copy of me, so I can't accept your kind. You can see this type of thinking here. I mean, one guy here wants to kill his tenants dogs.

Greg

Re: Why won't landlords rent to deaf people?

#3 Unread postby Greg » September 6th, 2011, 9:16 pm

If you are referring to my post re hamburg laced with cement your making assumptions A hole. My tenants are allowed to have pets and most do.

Personally I like deaf tenants. They are generally quieter than most when fighting in sign language.

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Re: Why won't landlords rent to deaf people?

#4 Unread postby JunkBonds » September 6th, 2011, 9:24 pm

Who says landlords don't rent to deaf people?

The ones I know all have places to live!

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Re: Why won't landlords rent to deaf people?

#5 Unread postby villi » September 6th, 2011, 9:29 pm

Who says landlords don't rent to deaf people?

The ones I know all have places to live!

Lies.

http://www.thestar.com/living/article/1 ... =1#article

Thirty applications for an apartment. No replies

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Quinn Cruise on the balcony of her new home .Cruise is deaf and has found that landlords don't reply to her emails when she tells them she's deaf.

Zero for 30. That was my batting average last year when I began looking for my first apartment. Pretty bad, I know. I’m a 25-year-old woman but an apartment newbie because I previously spent four years in residence at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York.

The first problem I had was price. When I started my hunt I thought $500 would get me a nice room close to George Brown College, where I am studying to be a chef. Not even close.

My second problem was getting to interviews. People in Toronto don’t seem to realize that apartment hunters might live out of town. In fact, they seem kind of suspicious if you are from the suburbs let alone the country, which is where I live.

But my biggest problem, and the reason for my complete lack of success, was something different: I answered for-rent ads on various sites trying to make myself sound interesting and reliable. And by the way, I added at the end, I’m also deaf.

Zero for 30. I didn’t get a single reply. Not one! When I removed the word “deaf” from my email, responses flowed in. Funny how one word can make such a big difference.

That created another problem. How could I show up to an interview and explain why I didn’t tell them about the deaf thing?

Awkward.

The answer to that was Mom. Still awkward.

My mother came along as interpreter. I have to admit that I was very nervous about how people would react. Would landlords think that I am not mature enough to be on my own, because my mother was there? Would they think a deaf roommate would be just too weird?

My first apartment interview gave me a hint of what would follow. The door opened; the owner smiled. Confusion followed and he couldn’t take his eyes off the flying fingers. He was speechless.

I wanted to say, “Join the club,” but I wasn’t sure he’d get the joke. The hearing world is speechless to me.

I started to realize that people weren’t sure what to say or how to react without offending me. Each time I had to explain how to communicate. It was a bit funny, like I was a teacher with a scared student. But most people relaxed pretty quickly. Still, I didn’t get that first apartment or many others I saw. It is easy for people to step back the moment they hear the word “deaf” let alone when they try to deal with someone who is different. None of the hearing people I met had ever communicated with a deaf person before so they didn’t know what to do. Sometimes, after I told them (through my mother) that I can’t hear, they would just talk louder and louder. To tell the truth it was a little entertaining watching their faces contort as they tried to say words louder or more clearly.

I did finally get an apartment sharing a room with another person for $650 but I loved the woman who owned the condo and it was right at Dundas Square.

Now this year I am facing the hunt all over again. But another problem has arisen. Lots of people are including just phone numbers in ads, no email. It happened a couple of times last year and my mother faked it. Poor Mom, she worked so hard trying to sound young. I got pretty anxious waiting for her to finish pretending to be me so she could sign to me what they said. Then more worry about showing up and admitting it was my mother talking all along.

This time I have a TTY so I can use the relay service, which speaks for me as I type on the machine. But more problems! They know I’m deaf right off the bat. That zero for 30 is still in my mind. Will they might make a fast call and say, “apartment taken.”

I started to panic as the start of classes grew closer and still no apartment. I began praying for the days to go backward. Then my dream apartment appeared. It was on Lower Sherbourne, close to the beach, school, and (my foodie favourite) the St. Lawrence Market. It also had a big balcony with bed for planting a garden. I had to have it!

The potential roommate was male but I lived with three disgustingly messy guys at university in Rochester, NY. One guy — piece of cake. I rushed into Toronto for the interview. Fortunately I could text him to let him know I had arrived. Most times I was stuck waiting in the lobby until someone came in or out because I can’t talk on the intercom.

He came down to meet me. I shook his hand, used my voice to say hello then went right to paper and pen. Truthfully, he was a little surprised at first but pretty soon he was cool with the communication. He’s a chatty guy, even on paper.

And I got it! Oh sweet relief. Now I am counting the days until I move in.

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Re: Why won't landlords rent to deaf people?

#6 Unread postby furtado_4real » September 6th, 2011, 9:38 pm

villi wrote:Why?!


If only you had a life...

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Re: Why won't landlords rent to deaf people?

#7 Unread postby villi » September 6th, 2011, 9:44 pm

furtado_4real wrote:
If only you had a life...

Communicate that to Quinn Cruise, mr. discrimination!!

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Re: Why won't landlords rent to deaf people?

#8 Unread postby JunkBonds » September 6th, 2011, 10:57 pm

Her experience is inexcusable.

I cannot explain why a landlord would not rent to her. I know I would.

tag-photos

Re: Why won't landlords rent to deaf people?

#9 Unread postby tag-photos » September 6th, 2011, 11:33 pm

Ganou wrote:I don't know why this student thinks that landlords are diacriminating against her.



Probably explained by this:

"Zero for 30. I didn’t get a single reply. Not one! When I removed the word “deaf” from my email, responses flowed in. Funny how one word can make such a big difference."

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Re: Why won't landlords rent to deaf people?

#10 Unread postby Landgod » September 6th, 2011, 11:36 pm

tag-photos wrote:
Ganou wrote:I don't know why this student thinks that landlords are diacriminating against her.



Probably explained by this:

"Zero for 30. I didn’t get a single reply. Not one! When I removed the word “deaf” from my email, responses flowed in. Funny how one word can make such a big difference."

A perfect 30? Oh really? Looks to me like an FMTA set-up story.

Landlords don't care if someone is deaf. We care about 1. someone paying on time 2. someone not trashing the place 3. someone not bothering other tenants.

Of course, maybe she applied to rent from all the corporate landlords you are pinning your hopes on :roll:

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Re: Why won't landlords rent to deaf people?

#11 Unread postby Landgod » September 6th, 2011, 11:42 pm

I have serious doubts on the story. Lots of landlords are looking for tenants. If there's any real discrimination, it's that landlords often prefer female tenants. I can't believe she didn't receive one reply.

The story is simply designed to make landlords look bad.

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Re: Why won't landlords rent to deaf people?

#12 Unread postby VanHalen70 » September 7th, 2011, 12:15 am

Who cares if shes deaf shes HOT!

CZ

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#13 Unread postby CZ » September 7th, 2011, 6:36 am

I wonder what has been left out of this storey. I don't but it for one minute, the author is hiding something.

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Re: Why won't landlords rent to deaf people?

#14 Unread postby rasi » September 7th, 2011, 6:52 am

my tenant also deaf. she does not hear whateevr we tell. she does not hear telephone.

Skitter

Re: Why won't landlords rent to deaf people?

#15 Unread postby Skitter » September 7th, 2011, 8:22 am

obviously landlords DO rent to hearing impaired, as this lady is now on her second apt.


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