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Why all this hate for DSS? Some of us are actually good tenants

I have been privately renting for 2 years now, both of them on DSS due to disabilities preventing me from working and my partner being a student. As I am somewhat better, I applied for University and will be moving to London in September. That's if I can find a property. I will rely on part DSS as my partner will be looking for work but we cannot guarantee he will get any. The amount of 'NO DSS' labels is sickening. We have never been in rent arrears and always gotten on with our Landlords. But as soon as Housing Benefit is mentioned, doors are slammed in our faces. Plus, the criteria for a guarantor is ridiculous. As a couple with disabled/ill parents, we have no one who owns a house and earns 30K a year. All our friends are Uni leavers, and relatives are non-existent. We are a nice couple who are looking for a long-term rental. Good references and all fees paid before moving in. So why won't we be given even half a chance?

Asked on Jul 10 2015, Renting in London | Report content

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