Judgment from second ‘No DSS’ court win reveals letting agent caused ‘distress and humiliation’ to disabled tenant

Wednesday 3 February 2021

Our Tessa Buchanan of the Garden Court Chambers Housing Team represented the Claimant, instructed by Arnall Rose of Shelter.

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In September 2020, Tessa Buchanan acted for the Claimant in the first contested trial challenging an estate agent’s “No DSS” policy.  In an oral judgment given at the end of the trial, the Judge allowed the claim and awarded the Claimant £6,000 in damages plus his costs on an indemnity basis.  Full written reasons for that decision have now been handed down.  These confirm that by rejecting the Claimant just because he received Housing Benefit, the Defendant subjected the Claimant to unlawful indirect disability discrimination.

Please click here to read our original news item on the case.

Please click here to view the judgmentPlease click here to read Shelter's blog for further information on the judgment.

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