Right to Rent to see New Consultation

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The government is planning another consultation to examine how ‘Right to Rent’ is affecting buy to let investors, following pressure from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) to suspend the scheme.

Home Office officials have told the RLA that it will reconvene its private rented sector panel on 11th October. This will be held in a meeting space in the House of Commons in order to obtain additional feedback on Right to Rent and its impact across the UK. The conference is being held a year after the panel was initially brought together. Thus far, the panel has not included anyone in the consultation to represent migrants, those who are affected most by the scheme.

The meeting provides the RLA with the chance to present its concerns about Right to Rent. So far, the association has received a steady stream of negative feedback from members. Last year research revealed that 42 per cent of landlords were less likely to let a property to anyone who does not hold a British passport. This is in spite of the fact that only 76 per cent of UK citizens hold one.

Letting agents and landlords are required to check the immigration status of tenants and are responsible for informing the Home Office if they have ‘reasonable cause’ to believe that their property letting is occupied by someone who does not have the right to remain in the UK.

RLA policy director David Smith spoke out about the conference, saying: ‘While we welcome the news the Home Office is keen to re-engage with the sector, we want to see them take bold action. Would-be tenants who are legally entitled to live in the UK, but struggle to prove it, are being denied homes and we believe the time has come to suspend this unfair scheme.’