Letting Agents and issues of tenants on benefits
Last Friday, Shelter sent out another email to its supporters, asking for signatures for its petition in a bid to continue to keep up the pressure on letting agents over the issue of tenants on benefits stating: “This week, property portals Rightmove and Zoopla issued guidance to letting agents stating that ‘no DSS’ ads shouldn’t be used on their site!”
By the weekend, over 3,500 people had signed the petition. However, Shelter is trying to boost the number to at least 10,000, saying that bugs in the system may have prevented some from signing.
If Shelter were quoting the story published on EYE, it hasn’t got it right.
Rightmove and Zoopla haven’t said that listings should not stipulate ‘no DSS’. Nor have they even used the term DSS.
No to blanket bans
Instead, they have said that there should not be blanket bans on tenants in receipt of benefits, and that each case should be considered individually.
A parliamentary briefing paper published in April said “refusing to let to benefit claimants is unlikely to amount to direct discrimination” because the receipt of benefits is not a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 in the same way that disability and gender are.