‘No DSS’ listings banned on Zoopla

‘No DSS’ listings banned on Zoopla

10:27 AM, 15th March 2019, About 3 years ago 21

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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.”




11:05 AM, 15th March 2019, About 3 years ago

It's alright for these people sitting in their lovely offices nice and snug oblivious of the real world! My last DSS cost me £2400 and left a pile of about 60 black bin bags full of dog excretion! 'ALL', write to the people concerned to tell them what life is like on 'this' planet! Make life difficult for them, people never like their own medicine!

John Curtis

11:18 AM, 15th March 2019, About 3 years ago

Just one more nail in the coffin for btl landlords. We are actively seeking a scheme where we have no deposits, rent guarantee and insurance cover for damage caused by tenants. The tenant will buy the policy with the landlord as a named beneficiary and the policy in place before the keys or ast is handed over.
We will thereby comply with no fees legislation, deposit protection and the insurance company will take the risk.
Any offers?
It would be nice for these people to have a stake in their own welfare but would they be party to making themselves homeless if they refused to pay the renewal premium?

Ros poldermans

11:21 AM, 15th March 2019, About 3 years ago

Ok can we put in are avert only tenants that can pass rent protection insurance may apply


11:37 AM, 15th March 2019, About 3 years ago

Take a look at 'Heather Wheeler ministry for housing'. Gov. U.K. ---OUCH !!!

Prakash Tanna

12:01 PM, 15th March 2019, About 3 years ago

As a landlord, with a substantial portfolio, renting in the majority to tenants in receipt of LHA (local Housing Allowance) I personally feels it's unfair to discriminate against tenants in receipt of Housing Benefit. Am sure everybody has had a horror story from tenants who both do or don't receive benefit. Each tenant should judged in isolation and on their own merits before agreeing to accept them or not. Having worked well with Barnet Council over the last 10 years or so I can honestly say i've had less than 5% of tenants on LHA cause a problem or leave with rent arrears. The ban on advertising announced by Zoopla won't stop those Landlords who are adamant not to take on LHA tenants, they will just change the wording to mean the same thing so I see that as some what a pointless move.

Chris @ Possession Friend

12:35 PM, 15th March 2019, About 3 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Rod at 15/03/2019 - 11:37
Rod, your spelling is atrocious .. its
" misery for Housing " '-)

John MacAlevey View Profile

12:40 PM, 15th March 2019, About 3 years ago

I suppose `working only` is also banned?


13:51 PM, 15th March 2019, About 3 years ago

P.S. to my first comment, most bags were split! Yes, I may sound a little bitter, who wouldn't ?

John MacAlevey View Profile

13:58 PM, 15th March 2019, About 3 years ago

Got you Rod, I thought steam rollers were no longer used.


15:09 PM, 15th March 2019, About 3 years ago

This will waste a lot of people's time

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