42% of landlords reluctant to rent to those without UK passport
According to a recent survey by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), 42% of landlords are reluctant to rent to anyone without a UK passport. In addition to this, 49% are less likely to rent to someone with permission to reside in the UK for a limited time only.
The Right to Rent policy requires landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants. The landlords could face prosecution if they fail to act when 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.
David Smith, RLA Policy Director, wrote:
“Given that according to Oxford University’s Migration Observatory, the foreign born population is almost three times as likely to be in the private rental sector as UK-born nationals, this policy is actively discriminating against them.”
He also commented that, “Landlords cannot be blamed for being cautious when the threat of criminal prosecution hangs over them and they do not have the knowledge or experience to act as border control officers.”
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