Evidence of discrimination emerges from ‘right to rent’ trials
Some prospective tenants with foreign accents are being rejected according to feedback from the Immigration Act “right to rent” pilot scheme which was launched in the midlands during December. The scheme by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants requires landlords, or their agents, to check the immigration status of prospective tenants. Landlords operating in the pilot area have admitted that they are less likely to offer a viewing to someone who requests additional time to produce the necessary paperwork. Other feedback from the trial indicates that the additional checking requirement is also pushing up the costs for tenants as extra admin fees are being applied.
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