How the new immigration rules affect social landlords

John Perry and Sam Lister from the CIH policy team help social landlords navigate their way through the changes made to the UK's immigration rules on 1 January 2021.

Published 26 January 2021

Positive Action in Housing welcomes destitution report

Positive Action in Housing has welcomed a Holyrood committee’s report which found insecure immigration status to be a key aggravating factor leading to destitution.

Published 26 May 2017

Lack of accommodation a key element of proposed anti-destitution strategy

MSPs are calling for a national strategy to alleviate the situation of hundreds of people with insecure immigration status in Scotland from becoming destitute.

Published 23 May 2017

UK news: Tenants without passports ‘struggle to access rented housing’

British nationals without a passport face difficulties accessing rented accommodation after the UK government made landlords responsible for carrying out illegal migrant checks, according to a new survey.

Published 15 November 2016

Blog: Implementing ‘Right to Rent’ immigration checks in Scotland: a recipe for confusion, complexity and discrimination?

There is fear that the UK government’s latest round of immigration reforms could increase discrimination against some people wanting to rent privately and ride roughshod over Scottish housing law.

Published 14 June 2016

Landlords given protection from criminal consequences of Immigration Bill

MPs have approved measures that will give greater protection to responsible landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants.

Published 27 April 2016

Immigration Bill changes removes immediate criminalisation threat to landlords

Landlords taking ‘reasonable steps’ will no longer be immediately criminalised for failing to pick up illegal tenants following changes to the UK government’s Right to Rent legislation.

Published 4 March 2016

UK government accused of failing landlords as new immigration policy goes live across England

Over ninety per cent of landlords have received no information from the UK government on their new legal duty to check the immigration status of their tenants.

Published 1 February 2016

Housing sector raises serious concerns regarding UK Immigration Bill

Senior figures from across the housing sector have united in opposition to proposals in the UK Immigration Bill which they fear risk “significant harm” to “deeply vulnerable people”.

Published 22 January 2016

‘Right to Rent’ immigration scheme to be rolled out across England from February

The UK government is to press ahead with plans requiring landlords to check the immigration status of renters despite a pilot scheme evaluation revealing the policy had an “alarming” impact on homelessness and the “potential” for discrimination.

Published 20 October 2015

Immigration Bill eviction measures 'should not be extended to Scotland'

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has added its voice to growing concerns over the potential impact of the UK government’s 2015 Immigration Bill on migrants living in the private rented sector.

Published 28 September 2015

Immigration Bill will increase homelessness, warns Scottish Government

Social justice secretary Alex Neil has condemned the UK government’s Immigration Bill which he said will increase levels of homelessness and discriminate against migrants rather than reduce immigration.

Published 18 September 2015

‘Right to Rent’ immigration plans see lawful tenants refused housing

The complexity of the UK government’s plans to make private sector landlords legally responsible for checking the immigration status of their tenants is seeing lawful tenants being refused housing, according new research.

Published 3 September 2015

Landlords expected to evict illegal immigrants

Landlords across the UK will be expected to evict tenants who lose the right to live in the UK under new measures to clamp down on illegal immigration.

Published 4 August 2015

Landlords challenged to recognise trafficked tenants

Landlords and letting agents are being urged to watch out for trafficked tenants.

Published 30 July 2015