Major bank ends ‘no DSS’ mortgages

The latest industry pledge comes amid bids to end discriminatory practices to those claiming benefits.

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Thousands of families could benefit from changes to mortgage rules, announced by Metro Bank today (11th June), that prevent landlords renting to tenants on housing support.

Following a roundtable at Downing Street led by Housing Minister Heather Wheeler MP, the announcement comes as the latest pledge from industry to end potentially discriminatory practices that deny good quality accommodation to those on benefits – such as ‘No DSS’ (Department of Social Security) adverts.

The development follows similar moves in recent weeks from big sector names such as Rightmove and Zoopla.

As part of the government’s work to combat the stigma experienced by tenants claiming benefits, Wheeler met with leading industry bodies and companies at Downing Street today to work on a solution.

While much of the private rental sector provides a “fair and professional service”, the government is said to be determined to introduce a blanket ban on discriminatory practices.

Rightmove and Zoopla joined Metro Bank and the government at the event, coming together to “improve access” to the private rented sector.

Wheeler said: “Regardless of financial circumstances, everyone should have the same opportunity when looking for a home, and I have been determined to end the discrimination those on benefits face.

“Today’s meeting was yet another step forward, marking an important shift in making the private rented sector fairer for all, and I am thrilled that Metro Bank have decided to join us in ending the stigma surrounding tenants on housing benefit.

“I am grateful to those companies for taking the time to discuss this issue, and look forward to us continuing to work together.”

Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance Will Quince added: “We are working to bring the sector together to tackle this issue, ensuring everyone has the same opportunity to access safe and secure housing.

“It’s encouraging that we’re already seeing positive changes being made in the industry, and we continue to encourage landlords and agents to consider tenants on an individual basis.”

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