In renting details, what does 'no dss' actually mean?

Does it mean no Jobseekers, or is it likely to exclude people in receipt of housing benefit?

Asked on Mar 11 2011, Renting in Durham | Report content

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  • Normally it means that the landlord is unwilling to accept tenants that claim Housing Benefit

    Answered on Mar 12 2011, Report content
  • "No DSS" means briefly people who are unemployed and living on Government benefits - they have no income from full or part time employment. In other words on the "Dole".

    Answered on Mar 13 2011, Report content
  • Good question. As the above answer states, it means that the landlord is unwilling to accept tenants that claim housing benifits. The way to counteract this is to get in contact with your local council, who will be able to provide you with a list of agencies, and private landlords, who would accept this.

    Answered on Mar 16 2011, Report content
  • Most people renting out property don't want DSS tenants. Unfortunately the scroungers in society who have children for free housing give others who are between jobs and usually pay their own way in society a bad name. There is a stigma attached to those who claim benefits and housing benefits, due to the minority who always claim benefits for one reason or another and never stand on their own two feet.

    Answered on Apr 7 2011, Report content
  • No DSS means no people who live off state benefits

    Answered on Mar 7 2013, Report content
  • The problem is that it's assumed that all DSS are scroungers who don't take care of the property. In reality many on housing and other benefits are sick and/or disabled and unable to work but get painted with the same brush, it makes it very hard for disabled people to find somewhere to live.

    Answered on Sep 30 2014, Report content
  • As a landlord, when I say "No DSS" I mean no-one in receipt of housing benefit. This isn't because of any stigma, or preconceptions of people in such circumstances (in the past I was in receipt of housing benefit). It's purely to avoid having to deal with the local council, who routinely will tell you what your property is 'worth', will delay/reduce housing benefit payments for various reasons, have limited working hours, are uncommunicative, and have no sense of urgency or competence. From past experience, landlords can still be chasing rent payments due months after the tenant has moved out, meanwhile there's a mortgage to be paid. My "No DSS" rule is solely due to an unwillingness to subject myself to the stress of dealing with the council any more than is totally necessary. Sorry.

    Answered on Jul 3 2015, Report content
  • The point about health conditions and disabilities is an important one. In fact per the EHRC a criterion of 'no DSS' could in theory be challenged as indirect discrimination due to its disproportionate effect compared to other criteria that could be used, especially if the need for it rested on exaggerations or stereotypes about claimants (or councils).

    Answered on Jul 20 2015, Report content
  • Thanks everyone. When I initially wrote this question it was because I was planning on renting somewhere after the breakup of my marriage, and there was a distinct possibility that I might have needed help with the rents as they were so high and my salary was, at the time, so meagre. I'm happy to say that I have now been renting, without ever relying on any benefits of any kind, for 4 years and your responses helped me at the time I needed them. That was a very interesting point, mind you, about the possibility of a discrimination claim arising in the case of disabled tenants but thankfully it doesn't apply to me. Thank you again for all taking the time to reply and for explaining why landlords don't wish to take on tenants that rely on benefits: it's a real eye-opener!

    Answered on Jul 21 2015, Report content
  • The phrase "DSS or DHSS" is the old saying for what is now the DWP. Landlords should advertise showing 'No DWP' and get with the times!

    Answered on Aug 4 2015, Report content

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