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Opposition to the Right to Rent Scheme

GMT 13:55 Monday ,28 September 2015

 Migrant Voice - Opposition to the Right to Rent Scheme

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Chineme Valerie Ene

The Scottish Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess has written a letter to the Minister for Immigration James Brokenshire outlining concerns about the impact of the ‘Right to Rent’ policy being rolled out nationwide, including Scotland as part of the Immigration Act 2014 and the recently proposed Immigration Bill 2015/2016.

In a press release from the Scottish Government, Burgess said: “We are committed to creating a fairer Scotland, where we provide protection, safety and security to those who need it most and this Bill runs contrary to those aims.”

Burgess went on to stress that the ‘Right to Rent’ policy not only drives the most vulnerable migrants into the hands of landlords who abuse the law, but  bureaucratic checks are being passed into the hands of these landlords who act as quasi-immigration officers.

In response, the Chartered Institute of Housing have supported Burgess’s concerns stating that the Scottish Parliament are committed to promoting equality and fairness in the housing policies but enforcement of the Immigration Act 2014 is counterproductive to the aims of the Scottish Government.

For more on this story see these links:

Letting Agent Today https://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2015/9/right-to-rent-yet-another-industry-group-voices-opposition

The Press and Journal https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/pipe/706975/illegal-landlords-warning-over-new-immigration-act/

The Scottish Government http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/-Right-to-rent-plan-raises-rogue-landlord-fears-1d9d.aspx

 

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