The bid to end discrimination for renters has seen a move away from ‘No DSS’ adverts and now Rightmove are the latest to bow to pressure to do the same.
A petition calling for the online property giant to axe the ads, which sees landlords reject any prospective tenants who are receiving Universal Credit or housing benefit, has reached almost 80,000 signatures – as seen in The Big Issue’s Big List this week.
In recent months, Rightmove’s online rival Zoopla has vowed to remove any ‘No DSS’ terms on their website while NatWest has confirmed that they will no longer prevent landlords on their buy-to-let mortgages from renting to people on benefits.
We believe all prospective tenants should have equal access to the widest possible selection of properties
And the government has also laid out plans to crackdown on the practice too, with homelessness minister Heather Wheeler planning to meet with mortgage providers, landlord associations, tenant groups and property websites to bring in a ban.
That action earned praise from housing campaigners with the National Housing Federation chief executive Kate Henderson calling for “other mortgage lenders and businesses to follow suit”.
Rightmove are the latest firm to react – axing “old language” (DSS stands for Department of Social Security – a title which hasn’t been used since it was replaced by the Department for Work and Pensions in 2001) and writing to letting agents to ask them to outline any restrictions.