LATEST: Oxford first ever council to stop landlords and agents using ‘No DSS’ adverts

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LATEST: Oxford first ever council to stop landlords and agents using ‘No DSS’ adverts

Oxford has pledged to stamp out DSS discrimination against tenants on housing benefit and Universal Credit – the first council to take such a stand.

A cross-party motion has called on the cabinet to explicitly ban discrimination against welfare recipients by changing the wording of its landlord accreditation scheme to say: ‘You must not discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, language, sexuality or any other factor that might place an individual at a disadvantage.

This includes indirect discrimination such as ‘no DSS’ or related practices, namely refusing to let prospective tenants on housing benefit or universal credit view affordable properties and requiring guarantors in cases where a prospective tenant’s income is sufficient.’

It wants to ensure that the city’s welfare reform team proactively looks out for, and acts upon, reported cases of discrimination and suggests that a new, formal tenants’ forum should be consulted on housing decisions.

The council’s housing and homelessness panel will monitor action taken to address discrimination against those on benefits while duty housing officers would refer cases to the welfare reform team and independent advice centres.

Green Party councillor Chris Jarvis (pictured) tells LandlordZONE that for too long, some landlords and letting agents have been acting with impunity. 

“DSS discrimination is often covert, however, community union Acorn has documented clear examples of letting agents in the city actively engaging in discriminatory practices against welfare recipients including ensuring that potential tenants are screened before landlords let properties and not letting properties to tenants on universal credit or housing benefit.”

Last July, that landlords and letting agents risk prosecution if they won’t allow housing benefit claimants to rent their properties. However, last October, an investigation by the BBC Data Unit found Wokingham landlords were refusing to rent to benefits claimants; none of the landlords who listed 45 properties on the website OpenRent accepted ‘DSS income’.

Safieh Kabir, chair of Acorn’s Oxford branch, tells LandordZONE: “We’re proud that our members’ collective campaigning efforts have pushed the issue of covert DSS discrimination out from the shadows.

“Oxford has a deserved reputation as a divided city, and property owners discriminating against renters on benefits is yet another factor squeezing working class people out.”

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Pioneering FREE virtual landlord show to stage final event as Covid retreats

This Thursday landlords have a final chance to attend one of the sector’s leading virtual property shows ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - Pioneering FREE virtual landlord show to stage final event as Covid retreats | LandlordZONE.

Pioneering FREE virtual landlord show to stage final event as Covid retreats

This Thursday landlords have a final chance to attend one of the sector’s leading virtual property shows before gatherings like this return to live events later this year.

Property investment expert Simon Zutshi is hosting the closing edition of his free all-day online conference via Zoom featuring eight leading experts who will be giving half-hour presentations throughout the day each followed by Q&A sessions.

He says advice for landlords is much needed at the moment – the pandemic has been a testing time for many residential and commercial landlords as the Section 24 tax relief changes, Covid eviction restrictions and other regulatory changes have rolled in.

“These are not sales pitches but advice sessions from some of the experts within the evictions, finance, entrepreneur, investment and service provider sectors, all available from the comfort of your own home,” says Zutshi.

He launched the initiative back in April 2020 after Covid prevented events like the Property Investor Show and the National Landlord Show from holding live events. Both are scheduled to return as face-to-face shows later this year.

“We’ve done these virtual shows a couple of times and they’ve been popular,” adds Zutshi.

“But this will be last time as the world’s opening up now that everyone’s been jabbed and the Property Investor Show, for example, is back at Excel in October – an event I’ve been attending since 2003.”

Bounce back

Zutshi’s experts will give landlords an update on the investment market and the current changes and opportunities within the market as it bounces back.

There will also be a presentation by evictions expert Paul Shamplina on the fast-changing possession regulations applicable to PRS landlords.

Other speakers during the day include Morgan Stuart of broker GPS Financial, Mike Bristow CEO of funding platform CrowdProperty, commercial property expert Ranjan Bhattacharya, Dan Hill from Property Entrepreneur and Stuart Scott, one of the pioneers of co-living. The events kicks off at 9.15am on 29th July.





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