There is growing speculation in Westminster that landlords will not be required to check tenants immigration status, after the RLA campaigned against proposals from the off. The only landlord body against the checks.
It is strongly expected that Government will go back on plans to require landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants in a bid by Government to stem the tide of legal and illegal immigrants into the country.
If the proposals are scrapped, the RLA was the only landlord body against the checks and would be a huge win for the campaign team who has been vocal and proactive since the proposals were first suggested.
The proposals featured prominently in the Queen’s May speech and have created an arena for lively debate within the private rented sector (PRS). The RLA has been against these proposals from the beginning, and with speculation growing that the government is planning to ditch the proposals the RLA is quietly going about its business at the upcoming national conferences.
The RLA has had, not one, but two meetings with the Home Office, debated the issue on BBC World at one, and responded to Government consultation on tenants immigration status.
Most recently the subject was debated in the House of Lords with Baroness Hamwee implying that the immigration checks could be conceived as a form of discrimination.
If the proposals are indeed omitted from the upcoming immigration bill, it will be a victory for landlords and tenants all over the UK. We will continue to monitor the situation and report back with any changes.
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