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Online property adverts refusing tenants on benefits

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Thousands of online property adverts in England are discriminating against tenants who are in receipt of housing benefit, a study says.

The National Housing Federation and charity Shelter examined 86,000 online adverts for rental properties.

They found that one in 10 of those adverts requested "No DSS" or "No Housing Benefit".

While it is not unlawful to refuse people on benefits, Shelter said it was likely to contravene the Equality Act.

The Act protects disabled people and women - who make up the majority of private sector tenants on benefits in England.

The research found many other adverts implied that no one on benefits was welcome - for example by saying "professionals only".

In response, landlords said many of the UK s mortgage lenders refuse to lend money to landlords whose tenants are on benefits.

A previous study by Shelter and the National Housing Federation (NHF) - which represents housing associations in England - found that 10% of letting agents in England did not rent out to tenants who were claiming benefits.

Image caption Michelle Hunte faced discrimination

Benefit claimant Michelle Hunte said she had found it very hard to find a place to live, after being evicted from a flat in London in 2016.
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