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Government Inspector Argues Right To Rent Not Demonstrating its Worth

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A government inspector has argued the Right to Rent policy has failed to demonstrate its worth in encouraging immigration compliance.

Under current rules, landlords or their respective agents, are responsible for checking the immigration status of their tenants with prosecution being threatened against those who know or have reasonable cause to believe the property is being let to someone without the right to rent in the UK.

However, in a foreword to his report on the policy, David Bolt, the independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has concluded the scheme has "yet to demonstrate its worth as a tool to encourage immigration compliance."

It was also suggested the Home Office is failing to coordinate, maximise or even measure its effectiveness.

The government has responded to the report by denying groups concerned with the rights and interests of migrants to be included on its consultative panel on the policy. Ministers have also rejected calls for a more meaningful evaluation of the impact of the scheme on all those affected by it.

The Residential Landlords Association is now calling for the scheme to be suspended pending a full evaluation of its impact, especially on the ability to rent a property of those who cannot easily prove their identity.