In the lettings industry, 'DSS' refers to private tenants who claim benefits.
The term is less than ideal for several reasons. It refers to the Department of Social Security, which used to pay out benefits but has not existed since 2001.
It also fails to distinguish between:
- different kinds of benefit (e.g. Housing Benefit vs. Child Benefit)
- different benefit systems (e.g. legacy vs. Universal Credit)
- tenants whose sole income is benefits vs. tenants who receive benefits in addition to part-time or full-time employment
- tenants whose housing benefit is paid directly to the landlord vs. tenants who pass on their benefit to the landlord
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