Zoopla is to launch additional measures over coming weeks in support of further minimising blanket restrictions which apply to renters who receive housing benefit.
Building on the communication which Zoopla issued to member agents in November 2018 in support of the recommendations from the National Landlords Association (NLA) and Residential Landlord’s Association (RLA), additional measures will be launched by Zoopla in the coming weeks ready for final implementation in April 2019.
These include amending the Zoopla Member Terms and Conditions to specifically prohibit the inclusion of “No DSS” restrictions on the site, and implementing a process to remove “No DSS” references from listings uploaded to the Zoopla website.
It is also removing the “No DSS” fields in its cloud-based software products.
Charlie Bryant, managing director of Zoopla, said: “We fully support the recommendations of the NLA and the RLA, which oppose blanket bans against tenants in receipt of housing-related benefits, and are pleased to be taking action which clarifies this position.
“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.”