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Why wouldn't landlords accept DSS?

I receive DSS but not because I'm lazy and don't want to work it's because I'm a full time carer for my son with disabilities and a single mother with no help. I've always worked and I'm a qualified hairdresser but due to my son disabilities he needs my full attention and has hospital appointments to go to. This is why I can't work at the moment, not because I'm lazy, so why do landlords not accept DSS? It's not that people who receive it are lazy or slobs, that's how it comes across, when some people like me would rather work but can't due to full time care I have to give to my son. Yes I receive DSS but I can say I'm a good tenant so why DSS people are not good enough I don't understand? I'm a good tenant just like people who work. I can't help that my son needs full time care and I don't understand I can't find anywhere to live because I'm on DSS?

Asked on Jun 22 2016, Renting in Neath Port Talbot | Report content

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  • Hi. For some landlord's it's personal preference, but for many there are restrictions on their mortgage and/or insurance which means they aren't permitted to let to tenants who receive benefits. Make sure you let any agency know why you receive benefits and if possible, see if you can get a guarantor. This often helps to grease the wheels. Good luck.

    Answered on Sep 9 2016, Report content

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