Following the 'leave' vote in the EU referendum there are, of course, likely to be changes in immigration rules. But nothing has changed yet and the new rules are likely to take many months to put in place. Be assured that the housing rights website will be updated with any changes as soon as they happen. Check our home pages for England and Wales or Scotland regularly to ensure you know when changes occur. In the meantime easily understood guidance (pdf) for EU citizens already in the UK is available from the Aire Centre.'Right to rent' document checks in England
Solicitors are urgently looking for evidence of EEA victims of trafficking affected by lack of support when they leave the National Referral Mechanism (‘NRM’) and are destitute/ homeless or face other risks because their benefits have been cut.
This follows a recent legal case concerning four Lithuanians trafficked into forced labour. Their mainstream benefits were stopped and the Home Office refused any support to these vulnerable clients as they exited the NRM several years ago. The judge found that the Home Office owes a duty to support EEA victims of trafficking after the end of the NRM but that its guidance and practice did not have gaps (except in police investigation cases).
If you are aware of any such cases of EEA victims of trafficking who have exited the NRM and have not been supported or if you know other organisations to be contacted, please get in touch as quickly as possible with Tessa Gregory at Leigh Day and Martin Westgate QC (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.