The UK Government has explained how migrants who do not understand whether they qualify for permission to rent can contact the Home Office to verify their case.
Earlier this year the government introduced the Right to Rent scheme which requires landlords to carry out checks on all new adult tenants to make sure they have the right to rent property.
Landlords who fail to carry out checks risk a potential penalty of up to £3,000 per tenant.
“Where a migrant’s documents are with the Home Office, landlords can confirm the right to rent through the Landlords Checking Service using the migrant’s case reference number,” Lord Keen of Elie, The Advocate-General for Scotland said.
In a written answer to Baroness Lister of Burtersett, Lord Keen of Elie said: “In some limited circumstances, such as where there are genuine obstacles to them leaving, migrants here without leave may be afforded permission to rent although disqualified from renting. Where a migrant is unsure as to whether they qualify for permission to rent, they may contact the caseowner or team that is dealing with their case or ask when they attend the Home Office in compliance with reporting conditions.”
Guidance on right to rent and when permission to rent may apply is available at www.gov.uk