CSR

iFor Homes corporate social responsibility policy addresses the social, economic and environmental impacts we have as a business.

 Recycle waste and offer advice to our landlords and tenants on the best methods of recycling for their property

 Use recycled or ethically and responsibly sourced materials where possible.

 Promote energy efficiency through reducing electrical admissions at our office and homes we let

 Having a diverse workforce that has an honest, equal relationship with tenants and landlords

 Maintain the best interests of our clients through pro-actively dealing with queries and problems in an efficient and effective manner.

 We’re committed to achieving the highest standards of inclusiveness and equality in how we relate to the people who use our services and also those who work for us.

We aim to be an organisation that treats everybody fairly, and values everybody equally. This means we’ll create opportunities for residents and the wider communities we serve, and will take action against any unfair discrimination.

 

IForHomes Equality and Diversity Policy

Equality and diversity are important principals to iForHomes and the should be part of everything we do both within the workplace and how we interact with our stakeholders.

It is the Company's policy to provide equal opportunities in employment irrespective of race, ethnic or national origin, sex, mental or physical disabilities, age, marital status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, religion or belief.

This Policy applies to all Employees and to all applicants for employment.

The company is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and to ensure that the human resources, talent and skills of all Employees are maximised.

The Company's policy is to treat all Employees with respect and dignity, and to ensure that Employees are not victimised or subjected to sexual or racial harassment, or discrimination on the grounds outlined above.

The Company seeks to fulfil this commitment to equal opportunities through the application of Policies and Procedures, which are consistent and equitable, and recognise the expertise and ability of each individual.

All allegations of discrimination will be thoroughly and promptly investigated. Where allegations are substantiated, appropriate disciplinary action up to and including dismissal will be taken against any person responsible.

As agent for our clients we are obliged to reduce the risk of tenants not paying rent; as such, we have to make various checks, including credit checking of guarantors. Because we are unable to credit-check guarantors who are based outside of the UK, and international legal systems make it very difficult for us to legally pursue guarantors based in foreign countries we have to ask international students for additional security, which may include a higher deposit, or having them pay their rent upfront.

                                                                                              Whislt these policies may seem discriminatory, we are however required to follow them as part of the code of conduct we follow.                                                                                                    As much as it sometimes seems unfair, we are required to discriminate against those tenants who we don’t think will be able to pay their rent, or who have bad credit scores, or who have bad or mediocre references from previous landlords; we are however required to act on these markers in the best interests of our clients.

Examples of illegal discrimination

- Rejecting a tenant based on a dissability, or refusing to make reasonable adjustments to a property to accommodate a tenant with a dissability. An example of this is providing additional visual alarms in a property to assist a person with hearing difficulties.

- Rejecting a group of male tenants because the landlord prefers female tenants or vice versa. 

- Advertising that a property is available to let to women or men only. N.B. It IS legal to advertise a property and include in the details that three of the four tenants are currently female. If a male wishes to rent the property then he can not be rejected based on his sex.

- Refusing to provide copies of contracts and paperwork in a form which a blind person can access.

 

  What to do if you experience discrimination

If you feel that you are the victim of or witness to direct or indirect discrimination then you need to report it to the relevant manager. Then please email rentals@iforhomes.co.uk, or write to 2 Blenheim Terrace, Leeds, LS@ 9JG.