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  • LHA/Universal Credit

    Zoopla to ban phrase "No DSS" in listings

    "Their shortsightedness is  crazy

    People should only need to go to spec savers once a year  -

    But the Gov needs to go daily to have half a chance of being cured"

    The Govt. will only look for a cure when they recognise there's a problem, and it's them!

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    Haha! Do gooders strike again, thank fxxx I'm out of it all

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    I am a human bean.

    An online petition calling on Rightmove to ban property listings which specify ‘No DSS’ had by yesterday afternoon received over 38,000 signatures.

    Full/source article

    Co-founder of ideal flatmate, Tom Gatzen, commented: 

    “Refreshing to see one of leading names take a tougher stance on discrimination against tenants and hopefully the rest of the industry will now follow suit. It's something that we moved to eradicate some time ago and we are always sure to block all adds of a discriminatory nature.

    Ultimately it's the choice of the landlord as to who they wish to let their property to, but the UK rental market should serve all tenants regardless of financial situation, particularly those that arguably need it most.

    A proactive choice to refuse DSS tenants isn't a million miles away from the discrimination against the Irish in the 50s and 60s by B&B owners and such regressive behaviour has no place in this day and age.

    The stigma surrounding DSS is often misplaced and in fact, for those that find themselves in such a position through no fault of their own be it the loss of a job or through illness, this prejudiced attitude can often force them into homelessness which quite frankly is despicable.”

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    Platform, the intermediary lender of The Co-operative Bank, will no longer restrict landlords from letting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit.

    From today, buy-to-let landlords taking out a mortgage with Platform will be permitted to let to tenants at their discretion and in line with the other conditions of let which are set out in the terms and conditions of their mortgage.

    This change will also be replicated across all lending brands of The Co-operative Bank.

    ​Full/source article

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    Rather than saying no dss, couldn't a landlord just do same checks as home office on people bring their spouses over. 6 months payslips, 6 months bank statements. More of an affordability check.

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