Landlords Told They Can’t Add “No DSS” Disclaimers to Rental Listings Any More

Landlords Told They Can’t Add “No DSS” Disclaimers to Rental Listings Any More

Sneakily adding the term “No DSS” to rental listings is a shady practice that’s about to end, thanks to a judge ruling that the favourite habit of landlords is a form of indirect discrimination.

Housing charity Shelter forced the issue, taking the case of a single mother-of-two who’d been turned down by a landlord because she was receiving benefits to court. The judge found that doing so breaks the law as enshrined in the Equality Act 2010, explaining: “Rejecting tenancy applications because the applicant is in receipt of housing benefit was unlawfully discriminating on the grounds of sex and disability.”

This is a momentous ruling, says Shelter, which hopes that this – the first time a case on a No DSS listing has been officially ruled upon – will discourage landlords from turning down applicants on benefits in the future, because there’s now a much firmer case for legal action should they do so. [BBC]

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