‘Social housing’ giant, the Hyde Group, recently put up an advert for a property in east London which stated “no DSS”.
The property was built as key worker housing in 2009 and is let at 80% market rent.
David Gannicott, from Hyde, told Inside Housing magazine: “To be perfectly honest, it should have been better thought through. The wording is a bit clumsy. What we should have said was [applicants] have to be working households.
“But what we had previously is when we put out these adverts, you get lots of people phoning you up, not realising they are not going to be able to afford it and then grumbling down the line when they are unable to progress their application… We’ve changed the wording now to [accept] working households.”
To be fair to them, at least they didn’t say “No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs”. Two steps forward, one step back.