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Right to Rent checks in the context of Brexit

Thursday 02 March 2017

As the House of Lords and the House of Commons debate guaranteeing the status of thousands of EU citizens living in the UK and the implications for political negotiations of any firm commitment, the Home Office moves to phase three of the Landlord scheme under Immigration Acts 2014 and 2016.

These measures are designed to deliver Conservative manifesto promises around Immigration and make Right to Rent checks mandatory for all adult occupiers across the UK.

In February the Home Office held meetings in Cardiff and Edinburgh with stakeholders and representatives of the devolved administrations to begin the process of implementing Right to Rent checks in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

The checks, which allow members of the EU and Switzerland to qualify for permanent residence in the UK and are designed to create a hostile environment for illegal immigrants, have been mandatory in England since 1 February 2016.

ARLA Propertymark board members attended the meetings and represented the concerns of members in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland along with flagging the issues that have been prominent during phases one and two of the scheme.

The points made by ARLA Propertymark to the Home Office are framed to highlight that rollout is taking place in the context of the proposed ban on tenant fees and includes:

  • demands for a joined up approach to implementation of Right to Rent checks alongside clear measures to remove tenants who are found to have overstayed during the follow up check process, including more complex households which also comprise tenants who do continue to have a Right to Rent

  • concern about reports of regular perceived abuse of accepted forms of identification

  • a call for the Home Office to engage with universities and other institutions to eliminate the need for unnecessary duplicate checks being carried on international students

Read ARLA Propertymark's full feedback to the Home Office

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants recently released the lengthy report Passports Please highlighting the discrimination that has developed with Right to Rent checks and calling for the scheme to be abolished.

To feed your views into the panel dialogue please email Rachel Hartley, ARLA Propertymark Marketing & Communications Manager.