I'm a non-German working in north-west Germany since a couple of years. I was searching for housing for about a month or so, but never got replies from landlords regarding appointments. The only replies I got were 'not available anymore' emails.
So I got curious and decided to an experiment, so to say. I asked my girlfriend (a German) if she could also send showing appointment requests to the landlords. We both send requests, same written emails, with names changed.
Lo and behold, she always got calls or email replies giving away appointments, whereas I would not receive any replies, only a 'not available anymore' message sometimes.
The posts from apartments we applied to were operated by agencies, not private owners.
I found this document(III, Clause 6) online, which briefly talks about rental discrimination:
However, there are also forms of discrimination on the housing market that are less obvious. One such form is when the landlord only pretends that the apartment has already been rented out to someone else.
What's the legality of this situation? Am I being discriminated against by these landlords(companies)?