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Zoopla has announced it will ban the phrase ‘No DSS’ form listings on its website following pressure from Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Heather Wheeler, and ‘Housing Charity’, Shelter. They are also following recommendations from the RLA and NLA. The ban will be in force as of next month.
It was reported that approximately 10% of rental listings on Zoopla were advertised as ‘No DSS’.
Charlie Bryant, Zoopla Managing director, said: “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.
“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.
“We proactively sought the views of our largest lettings focused agents to ensure the above measures were undertaken on a collaborative basis and received significant support in respect of our proposed additional measures.”
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