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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