Buy-to-let landlords must not discriminate against benefit claimants, a court has ruled.
A court case in York has ruled that blanket bans on claimants are strictly forbidden, on the grounds of discrimination.
The court ruling found a single mother-of-two had experienced indirect discrimination when a letting agent refused to rent to her.
She ended up homeless with her two children, but the judge ruled "No DSS" rental bans are against equality laws.
The government last year launched a crackdown on BTL landlords and letting agents posting ‘no DSS’ adverts discriminating against tenants claiming housing benefit.
Around 20% of people living in rented accommodation in the UK receive housing benefit.
Responding to a court case in York which has ruled that it is unlawful for landlords to discriminate in this way, Chris Norris, policy director for the National Residential Landlords Association, commented: “No landlord should discriminate against tenants because they are in receipt of benefits. Every tenant’s circumstance is different and so they should be treated on a case by case basis based on their ability to sustain a tenancy.
“More broadly, the government can also support this work by ensuring benefits cover rents entirely. It should also convert the loans to cover the five week wait for the first payment of Universal Credit into grants.”