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Letting agents are ignoring ‘No DSS’ court case decision at their peril, warns Shelter

first_imgHome » News » Letting agents are ignoring ‘No DSS’ court case decision at their peril, warns Shelter previous nextRegulation & LawLetting agents are ignoring ‘No DSS’ court case decision at their peril, warns ShelterDespite warning, Propertymark says failings of the Universal Credit payment system are the root cause of discrimination among landlords and letting agents.Nigel Lewis4th August 20202 Comments1,865 Views Housing charity Shelter has accused letting agents and landlords of ignoring its recent landmark ‘No DSS’ court case win.Just over two weeks ago at York County Court a judge found that the practice of turning away applicants because they are receipt of benefits unfairly discriminated against a single mum-of-two with a disability, on the grounds of sex and disability under the Equality Act.Following the ruling, Shelter claimed letting agents and landlords now risk prosecution if they do not allow housing benefit claimants to rent their properties.Shelter’s Chief Executive Polly Neate (left) has now told a national newspaper that tenants on benefits are still contacting its switchboard since the ruling to raise concerns about the ‘No DSS’ issue.“Hundreds of people have since contacted our services with similar stories and we are still hearing of letting agents and private landlords ignoring the judgment,” she told The Guardian.“It was an incredibly important step forward, but Shelter has been fighting ‘No DSS’ for nearly two years and will continue to do so until these discriminatory practices are stamped out for good.“All landlords and letting agents should know that if they keep acting unlawfully, they could face legal action and hefty fines.”Propertymark recently echoed many landlords’ and letting agents’ complaints that it is the Universal Credit system, and not discrimination, that continues to drive their ‘No DSS’ approach.“ARLA Propertymark has consistently highlighted the issues faced by both tenants and landlords with Universal Credit being paid in arrears,” it said.“The design of the system with payments made in arrears makes paying rent on time impossible for many tenants and this presents issues for landlords who are relying on the rent to make mortgage payments.”polly neate NO DSS Universal Credit propertymark ARLA Shelter August 4, 2020Nigel Lewis2 commentsMick Roberts, Advance Properties Advance Properties 8th August 2020 at 2:09 pmBiggest HB UC DWP LHA Landlord in Nottingham here.I’m not taking Benefit tenants any more.Please come ask me why. U skirting round the issue.Polly Neates colleague Greg Beales said on public forum a year ago. He was ringing me to discuss. I’m still waiting. Meanwhile 1000’s more Benefit tenants become homeless and can’t get another house.It’s so easy the solution. It’s not the tenants, it’s the UC system and Neil Couling and DWP not allowing UC to talk to very important Landlord who is housing these people in a house that may cost £500+ to run every month. Do u think we giving that away to a UC system where people are trained by Imbeciles? And so Anti-Landlord? Gees, we all know the answers, but Shelter and the authorities won’t come ask us why.I want to take Benefit tenants, I can’t.Log in to ReplyPossession Friend, Possession Friend Possession Friend 4th August 2020 at 11:31 amAll Landlords and Letting Agents need to do is apply the affordability criteria AND a suitable Guarantor.In Shelters own research, the affordability of Housing benefit ) or the U.C element thereof ) eliminated 97% of market rent.The York case isn’t going to make a single property more accessible to tenants in receipt of benefit and foolish of those that might have thought it would.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img

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