A father-of-eleven has claimed that he is struggling to find a home to rent because of his tattoos.
Body art is a great creative outlet.
With millions of people worldwide choosing to express themselves through the beautiful art of tattoos.
You can have pretty much anything tattooed now.
It all depends on what the individual likes, wants or how they want to present themselves.
But, as great as tattoos are…
Not all tattoos are to everyone’s taste.
And unfortunately, some people find that there’s is a stigma surrounding tattoos.
Gareth Holliday recently found this out while he was looking for a house to rent.
Forty-four-year-old Holliday has been searching for a house for several months now, but with no luck, he thinks there’s one thing that stopping him…
Holliday, who has a significant amount of tattoos, has claimed that his tattoos are preventing him from finding a home to rent.
Though the internet has a lot to say about that…
Holliday, from the UK, has been trying to find a home for several months after his 8-year marriage ended earlier this year.
Holliday, who has been sofa surfing, wants a house so that he is “able to see his babies,” the Argus reports.
He is looking for a home that will house himself and his 4ft African dwarf caiman crocodile called Missy, who he has a licence for, and 11ft snake, but that is beginning to look unlikely…
As despite enquiring about many houses, he often gets told the day before his viewing that the landlord has gone with another tenant leading Holliday to now believe that his appearance and his pets are preventing him from finding a house.
“I love my tattoos, I wouldn’t have had it done if I didn’t. But I do feel I’m being discriminated because of them,” he said the outlet reports.
“They don’t know me. I have been through a lot of cr*p but since being with my new partner, Claire, for the last two months, it has changed my way of living, it’s just the housing that is driving me mad.”
He explained that he wants “somewhere I can call home” so that he doesn’t have to “worry about where I’m going to sleep next.”
“I have a nice collection of friends where I’m lucky enough to be able to ask ‘can I sleep at yours tonight?’ but all I want is to be at mine. I have done the crazy wild stuff, all I want to do is chill and enjoy life now.”
Following the end of his marriage, Holliday put in a homelessness application which was rejected by the council.
“I have done everything they have asked me to do, it’s never ending, it’s constant. I have tried 20, maybe 30 different estate agents and get told nothing is available, or if I go and view, I’m on a waiting list or they have to go speak to the landlord.”
Holliday said that he doesn’t want anything “spectacular,” just a place where his “little ones would be able to stay for a weekend.”
“I don’t want anything spectacular, even a one bedroom and I would sleep in the front room. Two bedrooms would be perfect really to be able to see my babies.”
The local council told the outlet that they do not look at “physical appearance” in their criteria for applications for housing and that they have previously put Holliday up in a hotel.
Though Holliday claims he had to leave the hotel on the advice of his doctor due to “other people there causing him distress through their habits.”
Do you think people are discriminated against because of their tattoos?