British citizens without a passport are struggling to access private rented housing

Right to Rent impacting Britons without a passport

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) have carried out a survey on the impact of the Government’s Right to Rent scheme which makes landlords legally responsible for ensuring their tenants have a right to rent property in the UK.

As a result of the scheme, nearly half of landlords in the UK are less likely to rent their property to tenants without a British passport. This means that for the 17% of British citizens who don’t own a passport, many of whom simply can’t afford one, are finding it more difficult to access private rented accommodation.

51% of landlords have said they are less likely to let their property to people outside of the UK and with uncertainty surrounding the status of EU nationals, 22% have said they are unlikely to rent to nationals from the EU or the European Economic Area.

The figures from the RLA’s report show that the introduction of the Right to Rent scheme and the potential penalties for landlords found to be in breach of the terms have made landlords more cautious about renting their property to tenants unable to prove their identity.

The RLA are supporting an application for a judicial review of the Right to Rent policy by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and will be taking part alongside the JCWI as an interested party.

David Smith, RLA Policy Director, commented: “These figures show the damage that the right to rent scheme is causing for those who might have the right to rent property, but cannot easily prove their identity.

“The added threat of criminal sanctions is clearly leading many landlords to become even more cautious about who they rent to”.

Smith added: “This is a dangerous and divisive policy that is causing discrimination.  It must be scrapped”.

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