Landlords will reject prospective tenants because they have foreign accents, following the introduction of new rules imposing immigration checks.
This is according to a number of campaigning groups monitoring the impact of the new rules, which have been piloted in the Midlands before being rolled out across the country.
Ben Reeve-Lewis, a council tenancy advisor, told the Independent: “Landlords tell me that they won’t run the risk of letting to anyone that’s got a foreign accent.”
Meanwhile Martha Mackenzie, from housing group Shelter, told the newspaper: “If you’re a landlord in a high-demand area and you have got two tenants competing for the property, you’re just going to pick someone who’s got a British name.
“People who do have a right to rent will be shut out.”
The new rules require landlords to check that prospective tenants have the right to rent a property in the UK. Those who fail to do so could be fined up to £3,000.
But there has been concern that the rules could mean that those with a legitimate right to rent in the UK are shut out, particularly if they can’t afford a passport.
18 March 2020 • 4-minute read
With information on the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak changing almost hour by hour, it’s hard to figure out what support is available to…
12 March 2020 • 2-minute read
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the first UK Budget since October 2018 amid continuing political and economic uncertainty. Here’s the key…
6th Floor99 Gresham StreetLondonEC2V 7NG
Sol House29 St Katherine's StreetNorthamptonNN1 2QZ
© Copyright 2020 Simply Business. All Rights Reserved. Simply Business is a trading name of Xbridge Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Financial Services Registration No: 313348). Xbridge Limited (No: 3967717) has its registered office at 6th Floor, 99 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7NG.