Finding landlords that take DSS?

Discussion in 'benefits and housing' started by Slo-mo, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. Slo-mo

    Slo-mo Banned Banned

    Harder, I know, than finding a needle in a haystack. But not everyone on DSS is homeless or in social housing so they must exist!

    Where to begin the search?
  2. patman post

    patman post Interested onlooker Banned

    The rot started when rent stopped being paid directly to the landlord. What idiot thought teaching welfare recipients to be responsible for their total budgeting was sensible...?
  3. Thimble Queen

    Thimble Queen person of tinge

  4. BristolEcho

    BristolEcho Well-Known Member

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  5. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

    Rubbish. Private landlords are capped on what they can get from the dss, so very few bother with that route when letting a property.
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  6. BCBlues

    BCBlues Lend us a Twenner

    Absolutely. Also, the system at the moment (Universal Credit) pays about 4-6 weeks in arrears but most landlords want 4-8 weeks rent in advance.
    Landlords are simply not in the game to wait about like that for payments.
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  7. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

    That's fucking cruel.
  8. BCBlues

    BCBlues Lend us a Twenner

    Doesn't make sense at all.
    Not just the rent issue but how are people supposed to survive during that waiting period. Horrible policy.
  9. sealion

    sealion Well-Known Member

    I would have thought it benficial to the tories(having private accessible landlords), seeing as they don't build enough social housing.
  10. BCBlues

    BCBlues Lend us a Twenner

    This is what baffles me. Universal Credit is an absolute clusterfuck from all angles.
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  11. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    Ian Duncan Smith will continue to protest with all his might that UC is only fucked because the people who came after it had the thing defunded. This is pure opportunistic lies, I hope he gets fucking ebola
  12. Slo-mo

    Slo-mo Banned Banned

    So do I but I'll settle for him losing his seat. :D

    But either way myself and other people have to deal with the situation as is, right now. That means trying to navigate the UC minefield right here and now, no matter what we might ideally like the situation to be..
  13. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    ebola's too good for him
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  14. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist slowtime

    for sure, they haven't rolled it out round here yet but no doubt when they do it'll ream me somehow. Can't forget though. Same with lansley, hunts a cunt but lansley put in the groundwork
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  15. patman post

    patman post Interested onlooker Banned

    Capped is one thing. Not getting paid at all is totally different. So when rents stopped being paid directly to landlords, but were given to tenants to pass on, the few defaulters appeared to bugger things up for the rest...
  16. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

  17. patman post

    patman post Interested onlooker Banned

    Universal Credit (max £23,000 pa in Greater London) seems a good idea. It's the implementation that's falling over.
    Ebola is highly contagious — we'd all be at risk...
  18. Slo-mo

    Slo-mo Banned Banned

    I do agree with *some* of the things Patman Post is saying. The old system of JSA and Housing Benefits wasn't exactly flaw free either and it hadn't been overhauled for some time.

    In fact real effort must have gone in to actually come up with something worse!!
  19. existentialist

    existentialist There's gonna be moquette!

    Won't anyone think of the ebola?
  20. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    Just asked an estate agent friend and they have advised to contact your local agents and be asked to put on contact list to be notified when something comes up that accepts DSS in your criteria.

    Apparently her agency has to state they don't accept DSS, so unless the advert categorically says 'does not accept dss' then don't assume they don't. Don't limit yourself to adverts that say they do accept!

    There was the case recently of the single mother who I think took a landlord to court over some stupid ruling, because of child tax credit being classed as a benefit.

    EDIT: Here's the story: Landlords who say 'no DSS' flout the law
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  21. Teaboy

    Teaboy It definitely looks brighter over there..

    I've mentioned on here before but when I accidentally found myself as a landlord for a year the letting agency just stuck 'no DSS' on the advert without even asking me. I suspect this happens all the time.
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  22. MickiQ

    MickiQ Well-Known Member

    If the landlord is willing to take DSS then they're denying him a potential market, so poor businessmen as well as cunts.
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  23. ricbake

    ricbake working out how

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  24. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank We kill the flame

    Deliberately so, it's all designed to keep people working in shit jobs and living in shit homes by creating a perpetual sense of dread.
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  25. SpookyFrank

    SpookyFrank We kill the flame

    Then if you ask the agent they'll say the landord insisted on it. They don't like it of course, but their hands are tied.

    The way they say it on the adverts is piss-boiling too. This property would not be suitable for benefit claimants. Why not? How can a house be unsuitable for anyone? It's either fit for human habitation or it isn't, although of course fit for human habitation is not actually a requirement for private lettings.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2018
  26. ricbake

    ricbake working out how

    If you are looking in Derby this may be of use -
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  27. passenger

    passenger up and down...

    Well a friend of mine is getting a move, long story, is in a council flat
    at the moment she has a section 21 notice to leave (give up the flat)
    but has been offord a move they pay the deposit and guarantee her
    re rent etc not sure if this helps ?
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  28. extra dry

    extra dry Happy to be here

    There are a few companies/estate agents who look to get the business of this type of letting out. Few years old and so situations very desperate.

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