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CMA guidance on ‘No DSS’ clauses updated

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) have updated guidance on consumer protection law for letting professionals with specific consideration for contractual terms that affect benefit recipients.

The guidance confirms that if a landlord’s mortgage, lease or other contract includes a clause preventing the landlord from letting to people claiming benefits, then this is material information that should be included in the property advert.

However, claiming such a restriction, where none exists would be misleading, and therefore an offence.  The updated guidance also advises that agents and portals should not apply blanket ‘No DSS’ bans.

The guidance can be read on the CMA website here.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

1 Comment

  • Oh dear. So big brother has finally gone that extra mile & crossed the line! I won’t rent to benefits tenants, not just because of what my mortgage says, but because the benefits agency can’t be trusted. They change rules mid term, with no notice, discussion or accountability. I can’t take them to court if they don’t pay. Why? Well the reason things don’t get paid are because it’s their rule they are following. What about my rules? Apparently my rules don’t matter. And before anyone gets shouty about this, I’ve had first hand experience of this that resulted in 3 court dates, an eviction & a final unrecoverable amount of over £1000. Put simply, if I don’t like how something tastes, I won’t order it again. I don’t like how benefits payments taste so it won’t happen twice. So what’s going to happen now is that benefits tenants will apply. I will have to pay for a credit check, then I’ll refuse them, costing me money & time, while wasting the prospective tenants time too. What a short sighted waste of time & money. Next they’ll be telling the lenders they’ll have to offer benefits mortgages. I’d love to know how that would work. Ridiculous, utterly ridiculous. Will someone either educate these ignorant politicians or let’s replace them with some that know more about the housing market. It’s not like it’s a trivial matter, or is it in their view?

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