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Landlords Oppose Government’s immigration plans

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

The RLA is today calling on the Government to abandon its plans to make landlords legally responsible for checking the immigration status of their tenants…

The RLA is today calling on the Government to abandon its plans to make landlords legally responsible for checking the immigration status of their tenants.

On the day that the Government formally publishes its legislation, research has found that the majority of landlords oppose the proposal.

A survey carried out by the Residential Landlords’ Association has found that 82 per cent of landlords oppose the plan for the onus being placed on them to check that all their tenants are legally allowed in the country.

The RLA believes that the proposal will jeopardise good landlord and tenant relationships. By requiring evidence of citizenship, it will call into question the rights of many who are legally entitled to British residency.

Following discussions with the Home Office, the RLA believes that landlords will be required to see an original passport and retain a copy on file.

Commenting on the Bill’s publication, RLA Chairman, Alan Ward said:

“Many British people do not have a passport. For those tenants on housing benefits, without passports, this will create an added difficulty for landlords.

“Whilst the RLA fully supports measures to ensure everyone in the UK is legally allowed to be here, this proposal smacks of political posturing rather than a seriously thought through policy.

“For a Government committed to reducing the burden of red tape it is ironic that they are now seeking to impose a significant extra burden on landlords making them scapegoats for the UK Border Agency’s failings.”

RLA Vice Chairman Chris Town spoke on BBC 5Live early morning on Thursday 10th  October on the topic of immigration…skip to 2hrs 16mins to hear his take.

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Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Media and Communications Officer for the RLA. With 16 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and editorial content for our media partners.

She issues press releases promoting the work of the RLA and its policies and campaigns to the regional and national media and works alongside the marketing team on the association’s social media channels to build support for the RLA and its work.

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