Cape man’s rental request denied due to “breed specific” owner


A Cape Town real estate agency is busy limiting the damage after one of its agents rejects a potential tenant because of his race.

  • A Cape man’s rental application was rejected this week on the basis of his race
  • Pol Osei posted screenshots of his exchange with a real estate agent who told him to look for accommodation elsewhere

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A Cape Town real estate agency has taken action against one of its agents after apparently turning down a rental applicant on the grounds of race.

Pol Osei took to social media on Tuesday to post screenshots of his WhatsApp exchange with real estate agent Gabriella Johnson after inquiring about an apartment in the city bowl.

Johnson initially said the apartment was available for rent for 12 months.

When Osei asked about the application forms, she later told him that the client (owner) was “breed specific”.

The real estate agent went on to say that it was not illegal for a landlord to be selective with his tenants.

Johnson’s employer, Live Real Estate, has distanced itself from his behavior.

Company CEO Brendan Miller released a statement saying he was disgusted by his comments.

In a lengthy Instagram post, Miller claims Johnson had only joined his agency 48 hours before the incident and was still completing internal training.

The CEO said Johnson has been suspended and “will most likely be sacked” following an internal hearing.

He says Live Real Estate has informed Osei of the steps to take in order to report her and the owner to the real estate agency’s business board.

He says the property in question was not listed with Live Real Estate, adding that the “breed specific” owner had a contract with Johnson’s former employer, Tyson Properties.


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