Response - Home Office consultation: Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation

By: Robbie de Santos  Published: August 2013


The Government's proposals to require private landlords to carry out checks on the immigration status of private renters will make it harder for people, and especially those in difficult and complex situations, to get a decent home. This is due to the intense pressure in the private rented sector, the discrimination already faced by some prospective tenants, and the poor market power of private renters.

Summary

The proposals, and any attempts to strengthen them, will simply restrict access to good quality accommodation to people with every right to rent a home in this country. 

On balance, Shelter considers this policy unworkable and argues that it should not be implemented. We believe that these proposals will only make an already difficult, expensive and over-subscribed rental market even worse for people with few good options open to them already.

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