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Zoopla to remove ‘no DSS’ ads from site

Zoopla has removed all adverts that refuse borrowers who are in receipt of housing benefits.

It plans to implement amendments to its terms and conditions to prohibit the inclusion of ‘no DDS’ restrictions on its site.

In addition, the company intends to remove all ‘no DDS’ references from its listings and remove all ‘no DDS’ fields from its cloud-based software products.

This comes after Natwest lifted its restrictions on BTL landlords earlier this month – the previous restrictions prevented BTL landlords from extending their mortgage if a tenant was in receipt of housing benefits.

Zoopla managing director Charlie Bryant comments: “We fully support the recommendations of the NLA and the RLA, which oppose blanket bans against tenants in receipt of housing-related benefits.

“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”.

Residential Landlords Association vice chair Chris Town comments: “We welcome today’s announcement from Zoopla which comes after extensive campaigning by the RLA.

“Landlords should not refuse someone solely because they are on benefits and should consider prospective tenants on a case by case basis.

“But with growing numbers of benefit claimants now reliant on the private rented sector we need to do more to give tenants and landlords greater confidence in the benefits system.

“This means building on positive changes already made by the government by giving all tenants the right to choose if they want to have the housing element of Universal Credit paid directly to their landlord; working with bank lenders to remove mortgage terms that prevent landlords renting to benefit claimants as NatWest has already done; and ending the Local Housing Allowance freeze which has meant benefits bear little resemblance to rents.”

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