Apparently they can, according to a recently released House of Commons Library briefing paper. It concludes that it is not unlawful for a private landlord to refuse to let to a prospective tenant who is in receipt of housing or other benefits.

“Anti-discrimination legislation does not extend to the practice of refusing to let to benefit claimants and it would be impracticable to do so”, says Yvette Cooper.

The receipt of benefits is not one of the protected characteristics as set out in the Equality Act 2010.

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