Flatshare bias: room-seekers with Muslim name get fewer replies

‘Muhammad’ less likely than ‘David’ to get a positive response, Guardian investigation finds

How we carried out the survey

People from ethnic minorities face arbitrary discrimination when they look for a room to rent, experts have said, after a Guardian investigation found that inquiries from a person with a Muslim name about flatshare ads received significantly fewer positive responses.

In a snapshot survey of the private flatshare market carried out as part of the Bias in Britain series, expressions of interest were sent from “Muhammad” and “David” to almost 1,000 online advertisements for rooms across the UK.

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