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No Blanket Ban on DSS Tenants

There has been a recent case looking at the issue of “No DSS” policies adopted by Letting Agents. This arose at trial in Birmingham County Court where Mr Tyler brought a claim against a letting agent who operated a “no DSS” policy.

The claim was that this amounted to unlawful indirect discrimination against disabled people. This is the first time that this matter has gone to a fully contested trial. The Court found in this case that the letting agent’s policy was a blanket policy and did amount to indirect discrimination and the tenant was awarded damages plus indemnity costs.  The issue here is having a blanket policy, which was unlawful. Landlords and Letting agents are best advised to consider each applicant on a case by case basis.

If you would like any advice on this or any other Landlord and Tenant issues, please do not hesitate to contact the litigation department on or 01273 582271.

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