Zoopla has joined the mounting movement to stop discrimination against renters on benefits by revealing that it will scrap “No DSS” adverts on its sites.
The online property giant will remove all traces of the term from rental listings on its website as well as amending its terms and conditions and removing “No DSS” tickbox options.
The firm took action after discussions with the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the Residential Landlord’s Association (RLA) and aim to complete the move by next month.
Can people change our broken housing system? The campaigners who have brought an end to the marketing of homes as “No DSS” at @Zoopla and @NatWest_Help and at agents like @lt_property show prejudice can be challenged and changed #endDSSdiscrimination@Shelter@natfednews
— greg beales (@gregbeales) March 15, 2019
“We fully support the recommendations of the NLA and the RLA, which oppose blanket bans against tenants in receipt of housing-related benefits, and are pleased to be taking action which clarifies this position,” said Charlie Bryant, managing director of Zoopla. “All tenants who are looking to rent a property deserve the chance to be fully assessed for their suitability and matched to a home that suits both their and the landlord’s circumstances.”
RLA vice-chair Chris Town added: “Landlords should not refuse someone solely because they are on benefits, and should consider prospective tenants on a case by case basis.