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DSS vs Disability Benefits are they still viewed the same by Landlords

I receive DLA and ESA as I have a disability. My Partner had to leave his job due to my increased care needs. He receives Careers allowance and he also gets DLA but it was up for renewal and we are waiting to be assessed under the new PIP. My question is do landlords and agents class you as 'DSS' if you recieve these benefits? I know that technically DSS as a term means nothing now as the benefits it refers to don't exist but I was lead to believe that when adverts say 'No DSS' they basically mean no jobseekers claimants. Its making it difficult to find a new place to rent as so many are not open to 'DSS' tenants. Also where do they stand if they do include people on/with disabilities in this blanket exclusion, surely not renting to us on the basis I'm disabled/receiving disability benefits is discrimination against the disabled and therefore illegal? We rented our current home when I was classed as student as I was studying & my partner was employed, however we still both received DLA

Asked on May 11 2014, Renting in Lincolnshire | Report content

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  • Hi Lupin, I see this question appear on Zoopla quite often, so we went ahead and created a learning center addressing issues like these. Now I don't cover the legal issues around disability benefits but I do cover DSS and explain how you can rent while claiming housing benefit. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you want anymore information, I am here to help! Kind regards, Jonathan.

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    Answered on May 30 2014, Report content

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