Asian couple tell of fury after homeowner BANNED them from viewing

独家: House-hunting Asian couple tell of their fury after white homeowner BANNED them from viewing her propertyand branded Indians ‘time-wasters’ seeking a ‘day out’

  • Sareena, 34, and Ajay Suman, 33, were refused a viewing of the four-bed house
  • They messaged the vendor after seeing the £375,000 home on Purplebricks
  • Claire May said she was not taking viewings from Indian and Asian community
  • Purplebricks apologised and said the house is no longer on its marketplace
  • This is months after a gay couple were refused a viewing by Purplebricksvendor
  • A house-hunting Asian couple have told of their shocked and anger after they were banned from viewing a property by the seller who branded Indians ‘time-wastersseeking a ‘day out’.

    Sareena Suman, 34 and her 33-year-old husband Ajay were refused a viewing of the £375,000 detached house and told ‘there are many other properties you can waste people’s time on.

    They spotted the four-bed house in 伯明翰 on online estate agent Purplebrickswebsite and immediately fell in love with it.

    But when they messaged vendor and mother-of-three Claire May, 40, asking for a viewing, her response left them speechless.

    She told them: ‘I am no longer taking viewings from the Indian and Asian community who are not serious buyers. But just look around properties for saleas a day out.

    ‘There are many other properties you can waste people’s time on so I suggest you go view one of them.

    The only information available to Mrs May when she denied the pair a viewing was Sareena’s name.

    Sareena Suman, 34 and her 33-year-old husband Ajay were refused a viewing of the £375,000 detached house and told ‘there are many other properties you can waste people’s time on

    Picture of Great Barr home in Birmingham that the Suman's wanted to view before vendor and mother-of-three Claire May, 40, refused them

    Picture of Great Barr home in Birmingham that the Suman’s wanted to view before vendor and mother-of-three Claire May, 40, refused them

    The only information available to Mrs May when she denied the pair a viewing was Sareena’s name. 图为: Ajay Suman, 剩下 33, with Sareena Suman, 3

    Sareena said: ‘It has made me question if everyone is thinking that about me.

    ‘Do they describe me as ‘That Asian girl’?

    ‘Is my colour or my race a thing to describe me or stereotype me?’

    Sareena and Ajayboth British-born Indianshave been married for ten years and want to move so they can expand their family.

    MailOnline found the house at the centre of the racist message unoccupied when we called, with the Purplebricks sign discarded in a skip on the front drive.

    Neighbours in the street – many of whom are Asian or black – said they were surprised at Mrs May’s response.

    Now using her maiden name Claire Devine, the Irish-born mother-of-three had lived in the property with her children and estranged husband Thomas May until two years ago, but has now moved to Sutton Coldfield, 四英里外.

    When MailOnline called at her new home, Mrs May denied being racist and said ‘there’s a lot more to the story than you know.

    ‘I’m not the slightest bit racist,’ 她说.

    Brought up in the border town of Strabane, Co Tyrone, Ms Devine is one of six children born to Peter and Maureen Devine.

    Sales trainer Sareena was in disbelief at the response and said she has gone through a rollercoaster of emotions since receiving the racist message.

    Picture of the response Sareena received from Claire May. Neighbours in the street – many of whom are Asian or black – said they were surprised at Mrs May's response

    Picture of the response Sareena received from Claire May. Neighbours in the street – many of whom are Asian or black – said they were surprised at Mrs May’s response

    Sareena and Ajay - both British-born Indians - have been married for ten years and want to move so they can expand their family

    Sareena and Ajayboth British-born Indianshave been married for ten years and want to move so they can expand their family

    她说: ‘I had to read the message 15 times before it sank in.

    '首先, it was laughable and I laughed because I didn’t know how to feel.

    ‘And afterwards the sadness kicked in and I got upset.

    '现在, I’m not as angry as I was because I’ve come to terms with it but it’s just the shock I can’t get over.

    ‘Where we live currently there’s a minority of Asians and it’s made me look at everyone differently.

    ‘I’ve never felt like that before.

    ‘I’m now conscious about what I’m saying and if someone is looking at me.

    The property was particularly special to 34-year-old Sareena because it was near her family home where she grew up.

    The property was particularly special to 34-year-old Sareena because it was near her family home where she grew up. Picture of of Sareena Suman, Ajay Suman with baby Saint

    The property was particularly special to 34-year-old Sareena because it was near her family home where she grew up. Picture of of Sareena Suman, Ajay Suman with baby Saint

    The Suman’s chose not to respond to the seller but reported them to Purplebricks.

    The couple have two children and have had to sit down with their eldest son, six-year-old Jhye, to explain racism to him.

    Sareena added: ‘I’ve always taught my eldest that words are just words.

    ‘But I found that I had to have that conversation about racism with him.

    ‘The whole experience has made me scared for him.

    Sareena is scared that her five-month-old son Saint will experience racism as he grows up too.

    She is particularly wary about moving back to Great Barrdespite its sentimental value to herbecause she is now aware of the type of people who live there.

    Ajay encouraged Sareena not to fire off a response back to Mrs May because he felt she wasn’t worth the energy.

    夫妇, pictured again, have two children and have had to sit down with their eldest son, six-year-old Jhye, at the back to explain racism to him. To the front is five-months-old Saint

    夫妇, pictured again, have two children and have had to sit down with their eldest son, six-year-old Jhye, at the back to explain racism to him. To the front is five-months-old Saint

    A Purplebricks spokesperson said: ‘The sentiments expressed in this message are completely opposed to Purplebricksviews and values.

    ‘As soon as we saw this comment, we told the vendor that we wouldn’t sell their house and refunded their fee.

    ‘The house is no longer on the market with Purplebricks.

    ‘We also contacted the buyer to express how appalled we were by this message and apologise that they’ve had this experience.

    It comes two months after MailOnline exclusively revealed how gay couple Luke Whitehouse and Lachlan Mantell were refused a viewing on another Purplebricks house because of their sexuality.

    The Christian owners Luke Main and Dr Joanna Brunker quoted passages from the Bible and said they could not sell it to ‘two men in a partnership.

    Luke and Lachlanwho have been together for eight yearshad fallen in love with the house in Coulsdon, 萨里.