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DSS discrimination still common

A recent study has found that one fifth of lettings advertised in Wales explicitly excluded people in receipt of housing benefit.

The National Landlords Association (NLA), the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) and the UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA) all agree that blanket restrictions should not be used.

Zoopla became the first of the big online property listing sites to announce it would ban "no DSS"-type adverts, with rival Right Move under pressure to follow suit.

Some buy-to-let mortgages are sold on the condition that the property is not rented to housing benefit claimants, a practice Ms Bibbings, campaign manager at Shelter Cymru, said

“appeared to be contrary to the Equalities Act.”

The NHF's chief executive, Kate Henderson likened it to the racial discrimination from private landlords in the 1950s and 60s, saying:

“Today's discrimination is hardly any different and we refuse to turn a blind eye

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