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Briefing for the House of Lords debate on the annulment of the 'Right to Rent' Commencement Order

This briefing outlines JCWI’s support for Baroness Hamwee’s motion that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Immigration Act 2014 (Commencement No. 6) Order 2016, laid before the House on 11 January 2016, be annulled. The order provides for the further roll-out of the ‘right to rent’ scheme in England from 1 February 2016.

The ‘right to rent’ scheme disqualifies undocumented migrants from renting privately and requires landlords to check the immigration status of all adult tenants, sub-tenants and lodgers before entering into a residential tenancy agreement. If a landlord fails to complete the checks and rents a property to someone who does not have valid ‘leave to remain’ in the UK they could be fined up to £3,000 per adult by way of a civil penalty notice.

JCWI supports the motion on the grounds that Government’s evaluation of the ‘right to rent’ scheme and its response to it do not uphold commitments made to both Houses during the passage of the Immigration Act 2014, and the scheme itself is discriminatory, unjustifiable and fundamentally flawed.