Zoopla to remove ‘no DSS’ ads from site

Zoopla has removed all adverts that refuse borrowers who are in receipt of housing benefits.

It plans to implement amendments to its terms and conditions to prohibit the inclusion of ‘no DDS’ restrictions on its site.

In addition, the company intends to remove all ‘no DDS’ references from its listings and remove all ‘no DDS’ fields from its cloud-based software products.

This comes after Natwest lifted its restrictions on BTL landlords earlier this month – the previous restrictions prevented BTL landlords from extending their mortgage if a tenant was in receipt of housing benefits.

Zoopla managing director Charlie Bryant comments: “We fully support the recommendations of the NLA and the RLA, which oppose blanket bans against tenants in receipt of housing-related benefits.

“All tenants who are looking to rent a property deserve the chance to be fully assessed for their suitability and matched to a home that suits both their and the landlord’s circumstances.

“We proactively sought the views of our largest lettings-focused agents to ensure the above measures were undertaken on a collaborative basis and received significant support in respect of our proposed additional measures”.

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