Our new campaign with Shelter

We’re partnering with Shelter on a new campaign to end the discriminatory practice of ‘no DSS’ in the private rented sector.

20 August 2018

People receiving benefits are often locked out of the private rented sector and openly discriminated against by private landlords and estate agent adverts, who specify ‘no DSS’ or ‘no Housing Benefit’.

We’re partnering with Shelter on a new campaign, Stop DSS Discrimination, making the case that private landlords and letting agents shouldn’t be allowed to do this.

Why are we doing this campaign?

Many housing associations were set up in the 1950s and 1960s to house people who could find nowhere else to live due to racism from private landlords and letting agents who told them “no Irish, no blacks, no dogs”. Fast-forward to 2018 and we still have outright bans, this time because people depend on Housing Benefit. We believe this is not right and must stop.

So together, with Shelter, we’re calling for landlords and letting agents to see sense and assess people on a case by case basis, not through policy bans, and for the Government to urgently invest in the building of new affordable housing.

Get involved

You can find out more on the campaign’s website, which includes access to resources for your organisation to get involved and make a stand against this discriminatory practice. You can also show your support online by following #EndDSSdiscrimination.