In recent House of Lords publications, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, Lord Taylor of Holbeach, has responded to questions regarding landlord’s responsibilities in checking a tenants immigration status.
The RLA is very keen to monitor this debate and has submitted a response to consultation, and has met with the Home Office twice to make sure that private landlords have their opinions heard and are not encumbered with more complex regulation and expectation. Indeed, the RLA has been against proposals of landlords checking tenants when the debate first emerged.
Baroness Hamwee submitted written questions to the House of Lords around the responsibilities of landlords and immigration checks. Specifically Baroness Hamwee was interested how discrimination could be avoided and as to whether or not the Government
“…intend to issue a code of practice for…private landlords in carrying out those checks.”
Lord Taylor echoed Baroness Hamwee’s desires that discrimination is effectively taken out of proposals. In terms of private landlord conduct Lord Taylor said:
“The consultations on these proposals have now closed and we are considering the responses received. Full consultation reports and impact assessments will be published in due course.”
Lord Roberts of Llandudno asked about what landlords would be expected to do in the case of students from 1) European Union countries 2) non-European Union countries who are renewing tenancies.
Lord Taylor again responded that consultation had closed and “…we are currently reviewing responses. A full consultation report and impact assessment will be published in due course.”
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The RLA will be sure to continue monitoring the situation and provide its members and wider audience with information as and when it becomes available.