No DSS, means "No Department for Social Security" modern "Department of Work and Pensions"/"Local Council".
It's an outdated, at times discriminating term, used by landlords in association with letting agencies that cooperate with them on this procedure, to specify that they are not willing to rent to anyone relying on state support to get by.
Now having have said that, it is lawful for them to discriminate against unemployed people that are either, unemployed due to having difficulties to find work, or simply because they chose not to work, yet manage to continue to receive state support. As they are not in a group, that would fit in protective characteristics of the Equality Act of 2010.
But if you are claiming Housing Benefit/Council Tax Support with any of the Disability Benefits, and you are actually disabled, and can't support yourself due to your disability. This clearly puts you in a group of people that meet the protective group criteria, due to you disability.
There is an official government statistic available on .gov stating that 70% of disabled people are likely to rely on state support due to inability to work.
If a landlord puts out a property on a common market, he has no right to choose where the founding comes from, if the person is a long term/permanently disabled person. As it is unjustified indirect discrimination under Equality Act 2010. In short, it is against the law to create conditions that discriminate against a disabled person due to something that arises from his disability.
As I already proven with government statistics that disabled people generally rely on state support to get by, it is clear that claiming state support is arising from their disability. Therefore, any landlord that chooses to go against that can be easily challenged, together with the agency.
As a disabled person, you can represent yourself or ask for help from you carer or friend, and the courts provide some moderate help as well. You don't have to pay a penny for putting the cause to County Court, just fill N1 form, or call the court and ask if there is a better form for it, add EX160 for fee remission and watch it happen.
It's that simple.
Indirect Discrimination Under Equality Act 2010, as long as your benefit lets you afford it, and even more so if you agree for your council to pay directly to your landlord, they have absolutely no grounds to justify it. More so if they claim that their banks require it of them, you can simply tell they don't have to comply as it's against the law. The bank can't tell them to do something that is against the law. Deal with it, landlords.
Answered on Jul 26 2016,