Private Rented Housing: Social Security Benefits

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 2nd October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Bassam of Brighton Lord Bassam of Brighton Shadow Spokesperson (Further & Higher Education)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken research on the equalities impact of potential discrimination by lettings agents which exclusively prevents applications for private lettings from people who are in receipt of benefits administered by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

The Government has not undertaken research into this issue. We are however clear that landlords and agents should look at all potential and existing tenants claiming housing benefit on an individual basis, regardless of whether or not they are in receipt of benefits. The How to Let and How to Rent guides help landlords, agents and tenants understand their rights and responsibilities.

Any tenant or prospective tenant who believes they may have been unlawfully discriminated against should contact the Equality Advisory Support Service on 0808 800 0082 (text phone 0808 800 0084).

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