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Right to Rent changes still leave landlords as border control officers

The Right to Rent scheme was substantially updated recently through The Immigration Order 2020 and accompanying Revised Code of Practice. The new version came into force on 2 November 2020. 

David Smith, partner at JMW Solicitors, said of the update: “In short, the changes are still fairly cosmetic and make things a little easier in respect of certain groups. However, there is still the obligation on landlords to behave as unpaid border control officers and to report tenants to the Home Office. This system is also likely to see a more radical change next year as the UK moves towards a proposed “points based immigration system” and, presumably, also moves to downgrade EEA and Swiss nationals to being of similar immigration status to other countries for which we normally allow time-limited visa free access (as opposed to unlimited visa free access) with the option to extend in certain circumstances. 

“Agents and landlords will want to review the new code and will need to keep their eyes on the changing picture for the Right to Rent. There remains a lighter-touch regime in place for Right to Rent during the pandemic as well which agents and landlords should be aware of.​​​​​​”

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