Landlords are warning that the rental market could become even more hostile to non-UK citizens after Brexit.
Under the Right to Rent scheme, private landlords are expected to check tenants’ immigration statuses and could be fined up to £3,000 for every person without the right to rent found in a property.
But ministers have failed to publish any guidance on the implications of Brexit or any advice on how best to navigate the process after the UK leaves the EU – leaving experts concerned that more landlords will be hesitant to let homes to non-UK citizens.
David Smith, policy director for the Residential Landlords Association, said: “Landlords are not border police and cannot be expected to know who does and who does not have the right to live here.
“The government needs to publish clear and practical guidance for landlords about who they can and cannot rent to. If they do not, more landlords will become increasingly fearful about renting to non-UK nationals with the potential of facing prosecution.
“The result will be they will avoid renting to anyone who is not a UK national making life difficult for EU nationals.”