Right to Rent update follows Windrush scandal

Landlord guidance for Right to Rent has been updated following the Windrush scandal.

The Home Office has accepted that some immigrants may not have proof of residence because their landing cards have been destroyed even though they have the Right to Rent.

Tenants who have lived in Britain prior to January 1, 1973 have the Right to Rent unless they have spent long periods overseas.

Those coming to the UK after that date might not have the right to UK residence but may qualify for the Right to Rent.

Landlords unsure of a tenant’s immigration status should contact the Home Office on 0300 069 9799.

Right to Rent has also come under fire from Labour and the United Nations.

Home Office minister Susan Williams confessed her department had no effective measurement of how Right to Rent works because the measurer is not monitored by civil servants. She was replying to a written question in the Lords from Labour peer John Bassam who asked how many people were affected by Right to Rent.

Meanwhile, United Nations special rapporteur on racism E Tendayi Achiume has called on the government to stop forcing landlords to impose hostile immigration rules like Right to Rent.

She spent two weeks looking at immigration policy in Britain and concluded immigration laws were adversely affecting the wider foreign community and argued the government should repeal Right to Rent and other laws that “deputise immigration enforcement to private citizens and civil servants in a range of arenas.”

“In a national context that is deeply polarised, it is no surprise that a policy that ostensibly seeks to target only irregular immigrants is destroying the lives and livelihoods of racial and ethnic minority communities more broadly, including many that have been instrumental to the prosperity of this nation for decades, and are rightful claimants of citizenship status,” said Achiume.