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The thousands of lettings agents and landlords around the country who reject housing benefit claimants could be flouting equality laws, due to a recent legal case.
The widespread practice has led to "no-go zones" for those on lower incomes - especially in desirable residential areas.
But single mother Rosie Keogh won compensation for sex discrimination from a lettings agency that refused to consider her as a tenant because she was on state benefit.
The cleaner and former paralegal successfully argued that blanket bans on benefit claimants indirectly discriminated against women, especially single women.
This is because they are proportionately more likely to be claiming housing benefit than single men, according to official figures.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-42979242
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
Perhaps the government need to look at Universal Credit in relation to some agents/landlords' blanket ban on tenants on benefits!!
Frank from Stratford upon Avon says it all .
I have some DSS customers and they are fine but I am not seeking to house DSS
my reason is affordability Rents are needing to rise and LHA is frozen so the gap between the two can not be bridged and my experience Top Ups are a problem
When I interview I always ask for a Garntour My Experience has been DSS customers cant find a Garntour
The way to handle this is to be professional
Have a sound vetting system and pick the customer who fits your own criteria
If I feel a customer can afford to pay the rent I will take them.
Yes I have a few DSS tenants been with me for years .
I also have few tenants who work part time and have top ups been with me for years .
The rest of my tenants are working.
Chris Norris of the NLA is short sighted.He has failed to mention one of the main reasons,Section 24, another missed opportunity.
but agree section 24 should be shouted out loud.
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Tenants fail to realise that it is the dysfunctional eviction process which largely ensures that LL are not prepared to risk HB tenants.
It never ceases to amaze me that for a HB claim to be started the HB tenant has to be granted a tenancy FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!?????
YOU would need to be a very financially resourced LL to risk taking on a tenant with no proven means of paying rent.
Just a chance that HB might be granted is simply too much of a risk for most LL as then they have to evict the tenant.
But ultimately it is the dysfunctional eviction process that causes most LL to decline HB tenants.
Govt is not minded to make the eviction process quicker.
So LL will continue to decline HB tenants no matter how good they might be.
listen to this young landlord giving his view. NO DSS the stress has a real effect on his appearance.
(5 min 30 secs)
Good video thank you, and yes, that young man has the source of the problem nailed.
Out of court settlement, not legally binding - and case was brought on a basis of sex discrimination.
Nothing wrong with dss, provided their guarantor passes so you can get rgi ...
DISCLAIMER just my personal opinion - for legal advice consult a qualified professional grown-up.