The Immigration Act 2015 creates a new requirement on landlords to make immigration checks. The new rules will apply mainly to private landlords but also to housing associations in some cases and to all those who take in lodgers. The rules are being phased in from 1st December in parts of the West Midlands. Their impact will be evaluated before checks are rolled out more widely.
CIH and BMENational have received a grant from the TDS Charitable Foundation to extend the website to cover migrants' access to the private rented sector, including the rules about immigration checks. The new pages should be ready early in 2015.
In Wales, regulations on eligibility for housing changed on 31st October. The website has been updated with the new rules.
The Housing Rights website aims to provide accurate information to recent arrivals and to advisers about entitlements to housing, based on people's immigration status.
If you're a housing adviser and you want information about the housing rights of new arrivals, please look first at the relevant pages below and the links to the legal provisions. For further help on common problems met by advisers, please click here.
The CIH Housing Rights website has detailed information for different categories of new arrival. Please note:
- a 'new arrival' may fall into more than one category so you may need to check different pages
- we have tried to keep the language as simple as possible - but you can find the meaning of terms such as 'European Economic Area' on the relevant pages.
The categories of new arrival are described below and can also be seen by clicking the tabs at the top of each page.