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'Inadequate' Government advice on Windrush tenants slammed by RLA

Monday 30 April 2018

New Government advice on Right to Rent checks for Commonwealth citizens has been slammed by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).

Updated guidance, on the Government’s website, was published for landlords who wish to rent private residential property out in England to Commonwealth citizens (known as Windrush cases) who are long-term residents of the UK but do not have documents to demonstrate their status.

It explains their position and gives details of a helpline for landlords to call if they are concerned about a prospective tenants’ ability to evident their right to rent.

There is also a helpline number for prospective tenants to call, should they be unable to evidence their Right to Rent.

The RLA says the guidance is 'inadequate', and adds that the Government should deal properly with Commonwealth citizens, who have a right to be in the country anyway.

The RLA is campaigning for the Government to change its Right to Rent policy, and is backing a judicial review, by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), to overturn right to rent.

RLA Policy Director David Smith said that landlords should not be used as 'scapegoats' for the failures of the border agencies, and that it is time suspend this ‘controversial’ and ‘unwelcome’ policy.

The RLA runs a course on Immigration and Right to Rent and is encouraging its members to get in touch about their experiences of the policy, and to also write to their local MP.

Advice on Right to Rent is also available from the RLA's Landlord Advice Team.

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