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Social housing and the UK immigration policy right to rent rules (Asian Voice) (24 July 2018)

Date: 24/07/2018
Duncan Lewis, InThePress Solicitors, Social housing and the UK immigration policy right to rent rules (Asian Voice)

Dianne Cowie has written for Asian Voice on the UK immigration policy which is impacting on foreign nationals’ housing choices. Recent changes in the law, including the right to rent requirements, has made it compulsory for landlords to ask tenants for documents proving their right to live in the UK. This has put those caught up in the Windrush scandal in a difficult position, whilst they are in the process of applying to regularise their status. Dianne warns that some private landlords are applying the right to rent rules unfairly, by discriminating against anyone who is a foreign national and denying them accommodation. She reminds that social landlords also have an obligation to ensure their staff are well versed in the right to rent rules to make sure that those who are in fact eligible for housing are given access. It is important that those foreign nationals who have been denied accommodation and are unsure of their rights seek professional legal help. Dianne writes: ‘When faced with this situation legal advice can and should be sought. Applicants can access free advice through pro bono advice clinics run by solicitors, Duncan Lewis, in Streatham, Mitcham and Morden Citizens Advice Bureaus. We can also provide advice using alternative funding and can assess legal aid eligibility.’

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