‘Foreign accents’ fear over immigration checksPosted on Apr 20th 2015
Prospective tenants with foreign accents are being rejected, according to first indications from the Immigration Act “right to rent” pilot.
According to ongoing monitoring by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, rules which require landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants are leading to discrimination. Early results also show that fees charged to tenants for referencing have increased.
The pilot scheme was launched in the midlands in December, before the policy is due to be rolled out across the UK.
The Immigration Act has introduced penalties where there is failure to conduct checks on tenants, with fines of up to £3,000 for breaches.