Government Plans DSS Advert Crackdown On Landlords

AFS Team·8 March 2019·4 min read
Government Plans DSS Advert Crackdown On Landlords

Government Plans DSS Advert Crackdown On Landlords

The Government has announced that it will start cracking down on those landlords who refuse to let a property to tenants receiving benefits.

Plans have been revealed that will end discrimination against a potential tenant who is in receipt of housing benefit and bring to an end 'No DSS' adverts.

Heather Wheeler, the housing minister, has announced that she is to meet with landlord associations, mortgage providers and tenant groups in a bid to ban the practice.

She said: "I want everyone to have the dignity, security and opportunity they need for building a better life and ensuring everyone can find a secure and safe home to call their own."

Tenants receiving benefit are finding it increasingly difficult finding a home to rent and of the 4.5 million households who live in rental accommodation, just 889,000 of them are benefit claimants.

Government figures reveal that half of landlords say they would not take on a tenant who is receiving benefits.

Plans to investigate letting adverts

In a report from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, plans are being laid out to investigate letting adverts that prevent vulnerable people from accessing rental properties.

The Minister for Family Support, Justin Tomlinson, said: "When looking for a home, everyone should have the same opportunity regardless of whether they receive benefits.

"With Universal Credit, the payment can be made directly to a landlord and we listened to feedback and are working with landlords to improve the system."

The Residential Landlords Association's policy manager, John Stewart, said: "A landlord should not refuse someone because they are on benefits should consider a tenant on a case-by-case basis.

"With growing numbers of claimants now relying on the private rental sector, we must do more to give landlords and tenants greater confidence in the benefits system."

Tenants with pets cannot find homes to rent

Meanwhile, research has revealed that growing numbers of tenants with pets are unable to find a suitable property.

Intus Lettings says it questioned more than 2,000 tenants and found that the most common responses included that 46% of tenants wanted an outdoor space and 42% wanted a car parking space.

However, a substantial number of tenants said the most important factor when looking for a home to rent was that it was pet-friendly.

The firm's head of lettings, Hope McKendrick, said: "Our survey shows there is a growing number of tenants tied into the rental sector and it's important that tenants feel they are able to make their house a home and for many, this means having a pet."