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TraceyM
07-04-2008, 16:41 PM
Hello all

I must say that I've been extremely dismayed by the postulating that occurs on these forums regarding DSS tenents.

Do any of you actually speak to the people concerned or just 'get on the band wagon'.

I am DSS scum.

I'm a single mum, with four children, with two fathers. Do I fit the bill yet?
OK. seriously, I'm divorced from an extremely abusive husband. I brought up our three children alone, then met someone else, we have a child and have recently separated because of our cramped little house.
My current ex (with whom I would still love to have a relationship) is a qualified plumber who is currently on DLA, due to issues that I'm not prepared to discuss on here. I am studying for an honours degree in geosciences, my eldest son 18, is about to join the RAF. the next son 17 is about to join the army, my 15 year old daughter is an A student intent in studying forensic science.......Do I still fit the stereotype?

P.S. has anyone got a four bedroom house on offer?

Please consider the people, not the few who give us a bad name.

jeffrey
07-04-2008, 16:48 PM
I do sympathise. But a landlord cannot:
a. tell the nice DSS claimants from the nasty ones; nor
b. afford to risk rent default by the latter miscreants.
The result is that the nice ones find it hard to locate housing.

Beeber
07-04-2008, 17:56 PM
In general, forums like these deal with issues - negatives are always foregrounded.

When was the last time you came across a forum with posts choc a bloc full of praise and satisfaction?

We are equally mean about private tenants....

Colincbayley
07-04-2008, 18:37 PM
Hello all

I must say that I've been extremely dismayed by the postulating that occurs on these forums regarding DSS tenents.

Do any of you actually speak to the people concerned or just 'get on the band wagon'.

I am DSS scum.

I'm a single mum, with four children, with two fathers. Do I fit the bill yet?
OK. seriously, I'm divorced from an extremely abusive husband. I brought up our three children alone, then met someone else, we have a child and have recently separated because of our cramped little house.
My current ex (with whom I would still love to have a relationship) is a qualified plumber who is currently on DLA, due to issues that I'm not prepared to discuss on here. I am studying for an honours degree in geosciences, my eldest son 18, is about to join the RAF. the next son 17 is about to join the army, my 15 year old daughter is an A student intent in studying forensic science.......Do I still fit the stereotype?

P.S. has anyone got a four bedroom house on offer?

Please consider the people, not the few who give us a bad name.

Not all LL think DSS/single mums are scum. I have turned down an accountant earning £50K plus before and instead let the property to a single mum of two claiming HB.
Your remarks put all LL's in the same boat, just as some LL's do to DSS tenants.

And yes, I do have a 4 bed house available at present in Essex. You are welcome to apply if you wish.

TraceyM
08-04-2008, 00:08 AM
Hi

You are quite correct, I am guilty of putting all landlords in the same boat, but unfortunately all the posts I've read have been anti- DSS.
Thank you for the offer to apply for one of your properties, I will have to decline. My boys refuse to move in that direction, we live in Northants, and my eldest has already been stabbed, and the second eldest is in court trying to get an offender punished for attacking him on his way home, (beaten for not having a cigarette),the idea of moving to a big city is not appealing to them at all, and of course I also have my two girls to consider. looking for somewhere more rural.

Colincbayley
08-04-2008, 07:14 AM
Hi

You are quite correct, I am guilty of putting all landlords in the same boat, but unfortunately all the posts I've read have been anti- DSS.
Thank you for the offer to apply for one of your properties, I will have to decline. My boys refuse to move in that direction, we live in Northants, and my eldest has already been stabbed, and the second eldest is in court trying to get an offender punished for attacking him on his way home, (beaten for not having a cigarette),the idea of moving to a big city is not appealing to them at all, and of course I also have my two girls to consider. looking for somewhere more rural.

No Problems. However you have made another incorrect asumption. My part of the world is not a big city, we are well out in the country.

Good luck.

PaulF
09-04-2008, 09:56 AM
The "DSS" doesn't exist!

caroline7758
09-04-2008, 16:31 PM
I presume you have contacted your local authority and housing associations? Have you tried placing a "wanted" ad in the local press or website?

ryouga
10-04-2008, 18:26 PM
I kinda agree, its so easy to say DSS tenants are bad, when I have known people working to have all night parties, get drunk all the time etc(as they have the cash)

I once left college and had so much trouble as the only ll that took on HB people was a scumbag(who 2 years after I left was found to have 3 illegal immigrants per 1 bedroom charging £60 a week each!) and a girl I know was in a similar position but got a job fast(flipping burgers lol) she asked me to see a flat as backup(so the new ll couldnt muck her around) the place was £8 a week cheaper than were we were, all brand new furniture, just redecorated rooms over double the size. The landlord spoke to me too as I said current one was bad, and they said as soon as I get a job just phone them and they would let me stay in one of their bedsits. But they didnt take on people on DSS as they were worried about them partying every night, or not going to bed till 4am therefore keeping the working tenants awake. Then a minute later told me the tenants had about 2-3 parties a week! I thought hmmm

evsenos07
30-04-2008, 17:17 PM
Hello all

I must say that I've been extremely dismayed by the postulating that occurs on these forums regarding DSS tenents.

Do any of you actually speak to the people concerned or just 'get on the band wagon'.

I am DSS scum.

I'm a single mum, with four children, with two fathers. Do I fit the bill yet?
OK. seriously, I'm divorced from an extremely abusive husband. I brought up our three children alone, then met someone else, we have a child and have recently separated because of our cramped little house.
My current ex (with whom I would still love to have a relationship) is a qualified plumber who is currently on DLA, due to issues that I'm not prepared to discuss on here. I am studying for an honours degree in geosciences, my eldest son 18, is about to join the RAF. the next son 17 is about to join the army, my 15 year old daughter is an A student intent in studying forensic science.......Do I still fit the stereotype?

P.S. has anyone got a four bedroom house on offer?

Please consider the people, not the few who give us a bad name.
i share your views completely, i cant beleive the trouble we are a having renting a decent dss property, we know we are decent family, but how can you get people to beleive you,we also know no matter what, we would pay our rent, just wish that we could find a landlord like our present one, who knew all about our credit history, but had no problems renting us his 3 bed semi in a highly desirable location, 15 months on, he says we are great tenants, but unfortunately we need to move, back down south because of lack of working chances, and we have a special needs child, (15) who cant get the facilitys he needs at present, so our search goes on for now.

jeffrey
30-04-2008, 17:20 PM
As you have a disabled child, perhaps specialist agencies may assist?

AndyT
30-04-2008, 20:22 PM
I have no qualms posting about my scum HB tenant, its what she has turned out to be in the course of 6 months.

I personally know a woman receiving DSS/HB for 15+ yrs who is a wonderful, reasonable, responsible, houseproud and conscientious tenant. I would be a guarantor for her.

I have also stated I would take another HB tenant subject to specific conditions , because of the experience of the scum tenant,

Usually the threads list why we refer to a tenant as we do, its not a random term.

Use/accept this site as a shared information point for tenants and landlords across the economic levels of the housing rental market. Some bits useful others not.

Rent-Manager
01-05-2008, 07:41 AM
Hi Tracy,
Have you considered getting in touch with your local authority and asking to speak with the Landlords Accreditation Scheme Manager (if they operate a scheme)?

They may be able to direct you to some accredited landlords in your area that may be in a position to assist.