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RLA quoted in Immigration Bill second reading

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On Monday 10th February 2014 the House of Lords went through a second reading of the Immigration Bill. Background checks and specific reference to the RLA all featured…

On Monday 10th February 2014 the House of Lords went through a second reading of the Immigration Bill. Background checks and specific reference to the RLA all featured.

You can view the transcript of the discussion by clicking here.

Baroness Smith of Basildon quoted the RLA consultation fears which stated:

“Landlords will have to cover their backs and avoid accusations of discrimination by examining identity documents of all potential tenants.”

This issue cuts through various levels of concern the RLA has had with the proposals set out by Government previously.

  • Are landlords expected to be experts on immigration matters?
  • Will tenants have to carry around their passports? What about tenants without passports?
  • What about international students looking for accommodation before entering the country, will the landlords be accused of discrimination?

Lord Clement-Jones further expanded on the concerns of international students having to go through more steps before being guaranteed accommodation stating:

“The NUS survey this month showed that 40 per cent of international students believe that these landlord checks will negatively impact their decision to study in the UK, and the figure was greater in the case of PhD students concerned about their spouse and children.”

Additionally, Lord Best made specific reference to the RLA saying he was grateful to the RLA for a briefing.

The RLA has been working hard to ensure that private landlords aren’t required to work any harder than they already do by providing feedback for some of the proposals within the first reading of the bill.

The RLA submitted an official response to the Government concerning landlords being responsible for checking the immigration status of tenants, which can be viewed here.

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

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  • unaccountable and arrogant government and civil servants they may tweak the regulations a little to give the impression they are consulting but in the end we will all be shafted as usual

  • Why should the landlord’s take responsibility of others. Nobody come to uk without doing all the checks and pay thousands which landlord got no share from. It’s the duty if the immgration to go after them if people overstay through the address and the person who invited them let them do the same as any guarantor.

  • Why should the landlord’s take responsibility of others. Nobody come to uk without doing all the checks and pay thousands which landlord got no share from. It’s the duty if the immgration to go after them if people overstay through the address and the person who invited them let them do the same as any guarantor.

  • The fact of the matter is, immigration status for the right to rent is a LOT harder to check than immigration status for the right to work here.

    You have odd rules
    – Malaysian’s, Namibians and East Timorese don’t need a visa to come to the UK for up to 6 months on holiday, but Thais, South Africans and Indonesian’s do.

    You have awfully designed visas.
    – If you’ve ever looked at an Indefinite Leave to Enter visa, it has an expiry date on it, but that expiry date ISN’T an expiry date. It’s simply the date by which the person had to enter the UK. But it’s still on the visa marked as an expiry date.

    And the person renting legally may not even be in possession of their passport.
    – My niece is in the UK studying at University. One time on a visa renewal, the immigration service had her passport for over 6 months.

    The whole thing is a farce.

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