One in 10 rental properties in England are likely to be advertised unlawfully by explicitly discriminating against people who rely on housing benefit, according to new research. The research by the National Housing Federation and Shelter shows 8,710 from a total of 86,000 adverts on the website Zoopla say ‘no DSS’ or ‘no housing benefit’. The research also warns that such explicitly discriminatory adverts are only the tip of the iceberg. According to the two organisations, many other adverts imply that DSS is not accepted by saying ‘professionals only’. Previous research from Shelter and the National Housing Federation revealed how many housing benefit tenants are rejected by letting agents over the phone, regardless of whether they can afford the rent or not. Zoopla are not the only online property platform to facilitate this potentially unlawful practice. Previous research has found numerous discriminatory adverts across all major property platforms including RightMove, … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart