The story is being diluted by the media and the point is now being missed completely! The point of this whole thing is that it should not be about Vilipend at all! Since when did taste in music or personal artistic endeavours that take place outside of the home become a valid rental application question? Never, and that is the issue. The issue was not about noise, loud music, the band practicing in the apartment and whatever else people can come up with; this landlord knew right from the first day we met that Mike was in a band and any concerns she had regarding noise were settled right away. Landlords are not permitted to inquire about personal information “A landlord may consider credit references, rental history information and credit checks obtained pursuant to requests under subsection (1), alone or in any combination, in order to assess the prospective tenant… O. Reg. 290/98, s. 1 (2).” This individual not only breached that by pressing us for personal details but followed up with our references, including MY work reference, to find out details about Vilipend. She even went so far to ask our references outright if we did drugs!
So, to make the point clear, we will no longer be so open with potential landlords, and we will only give as much information as necessary, because we have that choice. However, other people do not have that choice - race, age, differently abled, receipt of social assistance - are all things that would become apparent through the rental process, and it can be difficult to prove discrimination in many cases because people won’t always be so blatantly honest about it.