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Why is an applicant, fully employed, good references, full deposit, guarantor but low income, no chance

Please can someone answer me as to why it is, as far as I can see, impossible for someone with everything required references, guarantor, deposits, full time employment but on a low income. Forgot to say healthy bank account. Just because they will need, and will receive a small amount of Housing Benefit no one will give them a chance!! Once someone gets a place through lying, it's Possible to receive Housing Benefit and landlords don't even know!! Please reply as I have a letter to write and need the facts. PS I realise landlords should have choice but surely not discriminate.

Asked on Jan 11 2011, Renting in Haywards Heath | Report content

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  • Unfortunately different companies will work to different criteria, and most of the time this criteria is set by the referencing company that the agent uses. For example with the company that I use, if you earn less than 1.5 times the annual rent then you will not be accepted regardless of whether you have a guarantor and good references. Also, rejecting someone because they do not earn enough, or are on housing benefits is not discrimination so there is little stopping agents/landlords enforcing this.

    Answered on Jan 11 2011, Report content

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