Future Renting North: Right to Rent – using a hammer to crack a nut

Sally Walmsley
Written by Sally Walmsley

Right to Rent is now on the agenda – with the RLA’s Policy manager John Stewart explaining the rules and the issues landlords have with them.

He told the assembled audience at the Concorde Conference Centre that Right to Rent is a document-led process – and this is something the Windrush generation issue has brought to the fore.

He said: “While these people have a right to remain in Britain they have nothing to prove it and if they came to you, under the Right to Rent rules you would have to refuse the tenancy.”

He said landlords are uncertain and feel under threat, with the threat of hefty fines and even jail sentences for getting it wrong.

He also shared details of the two judicial reviews the RLA is involved in, one being brought by JCWI and one by Camden Law Centre.

He said: We think that Right to Rent is unnecessary and bureaucratic – it is using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.”

He asked members to add their voices to the fight by writing to their MPs and answering RLA surveys.

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Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley

Sally Walmsley is the Magazine and Digital Editor for the NRLA. With 20 years’ experience writing for regional and national newspapers and magazines she is responsible for editing our members' magazine 'Property', producing our articles for our news site, the weekly and monthly bulletins and editorial content for our media partners.

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