JCWI research on the impact of the Right to Rent scheme

An independent evaluation of the Right to Rent scheme by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) uncovered a number of negative impacts on tenants and landlords as a direct result of the scheme.

The main findings are as follows:

  • There is evidence that landlords are prepared to discriminate against those with complicated immigration status and those who cannot provide documentation immediately.
  • Many landlords have found the checks confusing and have therefore undertaken them incorrectly.
  • The ‘Code of Practice for Landlords’ and the ‘Code of Practice on Avoiding Discrimination’ are difficult for landlords and agents to understand.
  • Due to the timing, location and duration of the ‘pilot’, it cannot capture the impact of the policy if rolled out nationwide.
  • The policy has not and will not achieve its stated aim to deter irregular migration or prevent irregular migrants from settling in the UK.

“No Passport Equals No Home”: An independent evaluation of the ‘Right to Rent’ scheme was published in September 2015.