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DSS tenants would you recommend?

There seem to be lots of people wanting rooms and I need to rent out my empty 2bed/2bath Cotswold cottage. It's done up to a high standard. Is it easy to get DSS tenants in and how do you ensure you get paid and manage a lease?

Asked on Sep 25 2011, Renting in Cirencester | Report content

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  • We have had a bad experience with DSS tenants, but that was us being quite naive, and when they failed the credit score, we believed them that they had just had a few bad years. The rent gets paid directly to them, so it's up to them if they give it to you or not.If they do decide not to give it to you, the social do not help. I would have seen it as a form of fraud, using their rent money for other things, but I found out this is not the case. This is just our experience of it.

    Answered on Sep 26 2011, Report content
  • Hi, I work in a letting agents and have a lot of dealings with DSS tenants. Unfotunately, there are many pitfalls to renting to DSS tenants. The main one being they are told by the local authority not to vacate a property until they are made homelss. This means that a landlord has to go through the eviction process in order to get their property back. Another pitfall (at least in brighton) is that the rent is paid 4 weekly in arrears rather than advance. Good luck

    Answered on Sep 30 2011, Report content
  • I have let a lot of property to dss, I have had some good and some bad, I would say more bad than good, I suggest that you tell your tenant to go to dss offices, and demand that rent is paid into the landlords bank account, if that is what you want, make sure that you get it in writing, at lease you will not lose any rent, as for lease, you have to give at least 6months tenancy, and for deposits, most landlords do not accept deposits, they now ask for 2 months in advance, after 1month they pay the rent, when they leave, if all is well, you give them back the 1 month

    Answered on Oct 2 2011, Report content
  • There is a glut of negativity towards DHS tenants because some give DHS seeking tenants a bad name. However there are some people like myself who are urgently seeking decent furnished accommodation who are DHS who are professional people who can't find work or who can't work due to genuine illness. I am a graduate and used to work as a model and now a visual artist. I am educated tidy quiet and a non smoker. Have had my fill of letting agents turning me down even though I have a guarantor and am not your usual 'type' of DHS claimant. I don't want to live in a housing estate with yobs pulsating loud frightful music and drug taking as I was forced to last year which worsened my illness. My advice to you is to ask the council for professional DHS only tenants- then you will get a quality tenant but still DHS. Good luck.

    Answered on Oct 2 2011, Report content
  • Hi in response to your question and the other answers that were submitted by a few other members, I would like to say not all dss tenants are bad being one ourselves we are both incapable of working due to mental illness. Our rent is always paid via standing order to our current landlord he has never had an issue with us not paying our rent. We are not all bad tennants as this site has made out to believe. I am absolutely fuming that most agents and landlords classify dss tennants as bad news. There are a few but you could say the same for landlords and agents! There are bad in all varieties of life working and on benefits etc etc. Please do not judge all dss tennants as the same because we are not. Thank you.

    Answered on Feb 6 2012, Report content
  • I would not recommend accept a tenant on housing benefit. If you want to get back your possession of the property council tenants will be advised to stay on as the council cannot rehouse them unless they are made homeless plus there is another issue with rent where we have had bad experience in the past of not receiving it on time. This is only our experience, good luck

    Answered on Oct 15 2012, Report content

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