Government immigration plans see lawful tenants refused housing – RLA
A warning from the RLA came on the day that new research has indicated the difficulties caused by the governments ‘Right to Rent’ scheme which was piloted in the West Midlands.
The research which was published yesterday by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants has found that landlords in the West Midlands have been becoming increasingly cautious about renting property to any tenants with identity documents which are not familiar – with many of these landlords unclear on the necessary processes to follow.
Commenting on the research, RLA Policy Director, David Smith said: “Whilst the RLA opposes discrimination against tenants because of their race or nationality, the Government’s plans are causing confusion and anxiety for many landlords. If the Government expect landlords to act as border police it should provide the training and material needed to give them the confidence to carry out the checks required of them. In the absence of such support, today’s research sadly shows the inevitable consequences of the policy which the RLA has long voiced concerns about. Faced with considerable sanctions, landlords will inevitably play it safe where a tenant’s identity documents are either unclear or simply not known to them. It is concerning that the Government remains committed to rolling out the Right to Rent policy nationwide without first publishing its assessment of the impact it has had in its own pilot area. Ministers should halt plans to proceed with its rollout to allow time for proper scrutiny and consideration of the impact it is likely to have.”
The research by the Joint Council comes as the Home Office still has not published its own assessment of the pilot scheme.
Has the new legislation made you more cautious of the tenants you take?
Are you confused with the necessary processes now in place?
Don’t forget Tenant Referencing UK we introduced a system into our referencing which checks the identity and immigration status of the tenant. We offer this check for only £10; which only takes 4 minutes to receive the results, compared to 48-72 hours that the home office take. Ring 0800 9994 994 for more information.
Read more on the ‘Right to Rent’ act here:
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