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BMENational and the Chartered Institute of Housing welcome you to the Housing Rights website


COMING SOON

The Immigration Act 2015 creates a new requirement on landlords and those who take in lodgers to make immigration checks.  The new rules will apply mainly to private landlords but also to housing associations in some circumstances 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 of course the new rules about immigration checks. The new pages should be on the site early in 2015.

These will be in addition to the new pages on helping destitute migrants developed with support from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 


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.

Click here for information about Housing Rights in Scotland. Advice on housing rights in Northern Ireland can be obtained from the Housing Rights Service.

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.


Information for people who have been granted refugee status, people with discretionary leave, humanitarian protection and exceptional leave.
 
Information for people who have been granted indefinite leave to remain.

For people with work permits and people with limited leave.
 
For people from the European Economic Area and Switzerland who are workers or self-employed in the UK.

For people from the European Economic Area and Switzerland who are not working in the UK, but might be studying or are self-sufficient.
 
For family members of people from the European Economic Area or Switzerland who are in the UK and might be working or studying.

For migrants who are homeless without enough money to buy basic food or shelter.
 
For nationals of Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia, the newest countries to join the EU.

For people who have arrived to join someone as a wife or husband, cohabiting with them or as a civil partner - and then can no longer stay in the relationship because of violence.
 
Information for people with social care needs.
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