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.