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Private rent agencys refusing benefit claimants

1968198919681989 Member Posts: 37 Connected
Hi all 
Has anyone experienced rental agencys refusing to allow you to apply for a rental property if you claim benefits. 
It keeps happening to us, I care full time for my adult son so therefore claim benefits. 
We can afford the properties, have great references and can even provide a guarantor!
What can we do? 

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  • RoddyRoddy Member Posts: 389 Pioneering
    19681989 said:
    Hi all 
    Has anyone experienced rental agencys refusing to allow you to apply for a rental property if you claim benefits. 
    It keeps happening to us, I care full time for my adult son so therefore claim benefits. 
    We can afford the properties, have great references and can even provide a guarantor!
    What can we do? 
    Hi @19681989

    I cannot be certain as to why this happens, but it may be the Landlord's wishes rather than the agents? It could be worth looking into the viability of Your adult Son making the application, rather than you as His appointee? My own daughter for example did this for my Autistic son of 30 years, who she also claims caring allowance for. 

    The agent and also the Landlord, could then perhaps be liable for discrimination against your Son, due to His disabilities, if they refused HIM the property? Worth checking out at your local Citizens Advice Bureau, perhaps?  Unless of course your Son's needs require certain adaptions to a property which a potential Landlord may not be liable to provide?    

  • 1968198919681989 Member Posts: 37 Connected
    Thank you for your post reply very interesting. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 22,214 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    This has been happening for many years, only it's worse now than ever. It's not just the landlords, it's mortgage companies that can also refuse rental from those claiming benefits.

    Guarantors are very often needed, some go as far as asking for home owner guarantors, which makes it even harder.

    It took me 2 years to find a house because i claim benefits too. Thankfully i was able to get a working guarantor which my landlord accepted and moved into my house just a few days ago.

    There are landlords out there but very few and far between. Try looking at gumtree for your area or doing a google search for landlords that accepte DSS in your area. Also ask your local council of the area you plan on moving to if they have a list of landlords that accept DSS. Don't give up and keep looking because eventually you may just find that perfect property for you.
    Community champion and 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.
  • 1968198919681989 Member Posts: 37 Connected
    Hi poppy Good luck in your new home. 
    Excellent ideas. 
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,031 Disability Gamechanger
    Yep, I'm also stuck somewhere that doesn't meet my needs but unable to move now I claim benefits.  I wasn't claiming benefits when I first moved here.  I'm not even sure if the Landlord/agent knows now but I daren't tell them! 
  • 1968198919681989 Member Posts: 37 Connected
    I'm sorry to hear that, best wishes and good luck if you decide to move. 
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