- Aug 1, 2014
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- Political Leaning
A Canadian landlord is in hot water for posting a Craigslist ad requesting “Asian only” tenants, CTV News is reporting.
Natalie Schulz was checking out the “Rentals” section of the Vancouver Craigslist site when she saw a listing that caught her eye: a 3-bedroom apartment in the Vancouver suburb of Barnaby for $1,500 (Canadian) per month (about $1,175 USD).
Schultz called the number listed on the ad hoping to get some more information about the property. Instead, she got the third degree, with the agent asking her some rather personal questions.
“The man asked me what ethnicity I was and I asked him why that was important. He told me they had white people before and they had been partying and doing drugs.”
The man who answered Natalie’s call that day is identified as Yi Zhou. Zhou is not the landlord — instead, he wrote the ad, and took calls from prospective tenants, because the actual landlord doesn’t speak much English.
And as for the reason why the landlord specified “Asian only” on his Craigslist ad?
“There was white people partying every day and doing drugs, that guy couldn’t communicate with him. From that moment the owner said maybe just find Asian people so he can talk to them.”
Landlord Says ‘Asian Only’ On Craigslist Rental Ad, Is It Legal?
I've seen ads in the Bay Area that are only in Spanish or Chinese, I think that's where Mr Zhou made his mistake; if the ad had been in Chinese, no one would know that he only wants Asian tenants.