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Landlords could finally be banned from rejecting benefit claimants

Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,729 Disability Gamechanger
Landlords could finally be banned from rejecting benefit claimants, the Government has announced.
In a statement today, the ministry for housing said it will investigate agents and homeowners that automatically block those who qualify for Universal Credit and Housing benefit.
On Friday, housing minister Heather Wheeler announced plans to look at "no DSS" or "no housing benefit" adverts as part of an effort to create a fairer housing market.
She warned that if the sector was unwilling to take action then the Government would "explore all options to remove this practice".

You can read the full story about the government looking to stop landlords discriminating against people who are in receipt of benefits here.

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  • exdvrexdvr Member Posts: 326 Pioneering
    What does it matter who pays the rent as long as the rent is regularly paid? Why has this discrimination ever been permitted?

    Best wishes.


  • twonkertwonker Posts: 617 Member
    I'm trying to work out how the government will be able to ban these actions. Surely the agents and landlords will come up with say ' the computer model that we use to assess potential tenants states that you do not qualify.' They would argue that the tenant simply being on benefits does not automatically disentitle them. They could even argue that their insurance company would refuse cover if the tenant was on benefits or the mortgage provider had it in their terms and conditions.
  • twonkertwonker Posts: 617 Member
    exdvr said:
    What does it matter who pays the rent as long as the rent is regularly paid? Why has this discrimination ever been permitted?
    It's not as simple as that. For a start there is a 5 week delay in getting UC - should the landlord accept that? Then they have to consider the risks of having a tenant in receipt of benefits - will the landlord be paid on time, in full, every month?
    I live in a row of 3 semis which until a few years ago were all owner occupied. Now of those 6 properties only two are owner accoupled, myself and my neighbour. They were bought by a rather dubious and well known landlord and since the date when the first welfare funded tenant moved in the whole area has gone downhill. Anti social behaviour,  lack of attention to the gardens front and back, broken fencing together with huge amounts of rubbish and discarded furniture dumped in the front gardens.

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Not everyone claiming housing benefit behave in an anti social way. Not all HB claimants disrespect where they live!! The trouble is we are all tarred with the same brush! makes me sick!
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
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