Immigration Bill Briefing: removing clauses 15-32 'Residential Tenancies'

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28 February 2014
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This briefing is concerned with clauses 15-32 of the Immigration Bill, which requires private landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants or prospective tenants. It prevents them from letting their property to non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals without the necessary form of leave to enter or remain in the United Kingdom. Shelter believes this requirement is unworkable and should be scrapped.  In support of this position they point out that:

  • the private rental market is already under immense pressure due to the shortage of affordable rented homes.
  • Landlords in a position to choose between tenants are likely to choose the tenant who they believe is less risky.
  • This requirement will exacerbate existing discrimination.
  • The Bill has also not taken account of the impact this will have on people already in housing need, including homeless people, who may struggle to access the required identity documents.

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