The Immigration Bill had its second reading on Tuesday October 13th and the RLA featured heavily. The RLA has been involved with many meetings with the Home Office and stakeholders over the past year and continue to influence proposals. RLA Chairman Alan Ward and Policy Director David Smith have conducted several interviews recently and the following is a selection of news items recently published highlighting the RLA’s influence and involvement with the on-going conversations.
The Immigration Bill had its second reading on Tuesday October 13th and the RLA featured heavily:
- The House of Commons Library briefing on the note also includes quotes from RLA Chairman Alan Ward and Policy Director David Smith.
- It can be accessed at http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7304#fullreport.
- Landlord rent checks could cause ‘everyday racism’, Labour warns (BBC): Alan Ward, RLA Chairman told the BBC it had been working with the Home Office throughout the past year.
“The RLA is asking for adequate support for landlords to be able to fulfil the process,” he said.
“What we are concerned about is landlords being criminalised.”
He said it was inevitable that landlords would “err on the side of caution” when they were at risk of prosecution.
- New fast track eviction powers could breach human rights, warns watchdog (The Guardian): Measures in government’s proposed immigration bill could violate protections if families and children are made destitute as a result of being made homeless
- Right to Rent scheme will create ‘everyday racism’ in housing market, warning (Property Industry Eye): Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham has attacked the Right to Rent scheme that the new Immigration Bill seeks to make law. Under Right to Rent, landlords or their agents will have to check the immigration status of tenants or risk criminal sanctions including jail.