ARLA raises concerns over the UK’s Right To Rent policy

Right to rent to be rolled out in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Representatives from ARLA Propertymark met with Home Officials ahead of the government’s Right To Rent Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland roll-out.

ARLA Propertymark members raised issues over the controversial checks, which have been compulsory in England since February 2016.

“The experience of many agents in England has been frustration that they do not see a clear connection between the Right to Rent process and the scheme’s objectives” ARLA advised the Home Office.

They added; “while the scheme intends to create a hostile environment for those without a right to accommodation, there is widespread belief among agents that rejected tenants go on to find accommodation through landlords and agents who are not complying with the scheme”.

ARLA have called for clearer guidelines to be provided for agents on how to deal with situations where tenants have overstayed and voiced their concern on reports of agents receiving regular abuse from applicants regarding accepted forms of ID.

They have also asked for the Home Office to work with universities and similar organisations to remove the need for unnecessary additional checks on international students.

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