New pages on helping migrants in the private rented sector
With support from the TDS Charitable Foundation, the website now has new pages covering migrants' access to the private rented sector. Click here for the new page for migrants and here for the new page for advisers (England & Wales), and here for migrants and here for advisers in Scotland.
This is the latest addition to the website after the new pages on helping destitute migrants.
Changes in social care legislation
Both England and Wales have new (and different) social care legislation. Changes have been made to the pages on advising people with social care needs and on advising people fleeing domestic violence.
Revised guidance on tackling discrimination
Phasing in of immigration checks in the private rented sector
The Immigration Act 2015 creates a new requirement on landlords and those who take in lodgers to make immigration checks. The new rules 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. See the England & Wales home page to see how you can contribute to the evaluation and the page on renting from a private landlord for details of the checks themselves.
New regulations in Wales
New regulations on eligibility for social housing and help with homelessness took effect on 31st October 2014. Amended pages cover the new regulations, which essentially bring Wales back into line with England.
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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.
Practical implications of immigration checks on lettings
A new 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.
House of Commons Library publications
The House of Commons Library has produced various publications on migrants' eligibility for housing and other issues. The latest is EU Migrants: Eligibility to apply for social housing (England).
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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