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RLA concerns on Right to Rent included in commons briefing paper

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

A briefing paper on Right to Rent published today by the House of Commons Library includes concerns raised by the RLA relating to the policy.

The briefing, which you can read here, provides an overview of the Government’s Right to Rent policy, including the impact of its rollout.

Under the Right to Rent scheme, landlords are responsible for checking the immigration status of their tenants with the prospect of prosecution if they know or have “reasonable cause to believe”that the property they are letting is occupied by someone who does not have the right to rent in the UK.

Implementation of Right to Rent

With regards to the implementation of the policy in England, the research briefing mentions a survey that was conducted when the Right to Rent scheme was rolled out in February 2016, which found that 90% of RLA members said that they had not received any information about their obligations under the scheme.


The research briefing also mentions findings from RLA PEARL from November last year, which demonstrates that the Right to Rent policy is having unintended consequences.

It mentions findings from the report; “State Intervention into Renting: Making
sense of the impact of policy changes”, that in a survey of over 2000 respondents, 42% of landlords reported that they would be less likely to consider letting to those without a British passport.

Roll out of Right to Rent in Wales

The briefing also mentions a call from RLA Wales for the Welsh Government to resist the expansion of Right to Rent checks in Wales.

Right to Rent judicial review- what’s next?

In June, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) were granted permission to launch a judicial review of the Right to Rent policy, something which the RLA supports.

Both the RLA and the JCWI argue that the Right to Rent policy discriminates against foreign nationals. The judicial review will be heard at the High Court on 18th and 19th December 2018.

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About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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