Homeowners who refuse to rent out their home to someone because of their sexual preference or orientation risk a fine of up to €150,000. This is one of the most serious violations of the new LGBTQ+ law passed in Spain this week.
The same applies when an owner no longer wishes to renew an existing lease because the tenant is, for example, gay or transgender. This is one of the more serious crimes included in the new Ley Trans approved on Tuesday.
LGBTQ+ freedoms and rights guaranteed
This legislation guarantees the freedoms and rights of the LGBTQ+ target group. One of the most important possibilities Ley Trans offers is the option to change gender without proof or medical certificate. The Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported on Wednesday about some major violations since the new law came into effect.
The measures within the law must ensure people are not disadvantaged or discriminated against in any way.
Very serious violations with fines between €10,000 and €150,000
The case of a landlord refusing to rent out their home to the LGBTQ+ community is one of the most severely punished offences.
This category also includes intimidation, harassment, retaliation and discrimination of any kind. Some examples are refusing a job or being denied entry to a particular place.
Using or distributing school materials in which people with a certain sexual preference or orientation are seen or described as inferior is also punishable by law. Organising events where the LGBTQ+ community is disadvantaged or considered inferior also falls under this category.
Serious violations with fines between €2,000 and €10,000
Someone can be fined if they refuse an LGBTQ+ person (medical) assistance. This also includes not removing discriminatory statements on websites or social media.
Obstructing or refusing inspection services to perform their work is also seen as a serious violation.
Minor offenses with fines between €200 and €2,000
“Minor offences” include bullying someone because of their sexual identity or causing damage to personal property belonging to the LGBTQ+ community, such as statues or buildings.