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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. 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
  • 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, Report content
  • It's absolutely disgraceful that people that work part time are being given such disregard. I work incredibly hard between 16 and 30 hours a week in retail and I do depend on some help from the Council with rent. It doesn't mean I am a lay about, lazy, waste of space. It means I am a hard working single mum that is perfectly capable of paying rent without being made to feel like a second class citizen! This country has gone to the dogs!

    Answered on Jan 19 2018, Report content

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