Housing rights website gets an overhaul
With support from three housing associations - ARHAG, Innisfree and Tamil Community - we have revamped the website and put in new pages for British and Irish nationals, including 'Zambrano' carers. We hope that these will further improve the usefulness of the site. Many detailed changes have also been made to keep the site up to date with developments in case law.
'Right to rent' checks in the private rented sector in England
Document checks now have to be carried out on all applicants for a new tenancy. The rules apply mainly to private landlords but also to housing associations in some circumstances. The rules apply only in England but may be extended to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland later. See the page on renting from a private landlord for details of how the checks work and how to advise migrants looking for accommodation to deal with the checks.
The Home Office is running a special scheme to assist Syrian refugees currently living in refugee camps. Read about ways in which your organisation can help Syrian refugees in this CIH blog and also in this NHF briefing. The LGA has a webpage which is updated as arrangements change. In Scotland, look at the Scotland Welcomes Refugees website.
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Below are recent publications for housing advisers which have been added to the site on the pages on 'What other organisations can help' or 'Other information for advisers', according to whether they are relevant to England or Scotland, or both.
Welsh code of guidance on allocations and homelessness
The Welsh Government has published a revised Code of Guidance to Local Authorities on the Allocation of Accommodation and Homelessness, 2016
JCWI toolkit on 'right to rent'
JCWI have a toolkit which includes a detailed guide and a flowchart for tenants and for those advising tenants, in the private rented sector.
House of Commons briefing on 'right to rent'
A new briefing covers 'right to rent' in detail, including the changes planned in the current Immigration Bill.
LASA website with information on local advice services
LASA has a website in which you enter a postcode to find the local social services department and other relevant advice services, shown on a local map.
Practical implications of immigration checks on lettings
A briefing for housing professionals from the Chartered Institute of Housing.
Benefits for Migrants Handbook
CPAG has published a new edition of their handbook, available here. It is described as 'a definitive guide to the social security entitlement conditions for people who have come to or are leaving the UK'.
Integration up North migration guides
Integration up North has published a series of eleven short guides to migration and migrants' entitlements. They are available from the Migration Yorkshire website. The series includes a guide on Migrants and Housing.
We welcome suggestions for updating the guidance on the Housing Rights website and for including links to relevant new sources of guidance or information.
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