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What's new? - recent updates to the site

Syrian refugees

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.

Housing rights website gets an overhaul

With support from three housing associations - ARHAG, Innisfree and Tamil Community - we are revamping the website and putting in new pages for Irish and returning British nationals. We hope that these will further improve the usefulness of the site.

During the summer we will also be checking and updating the whole site - do let us know if you have any suggestions or have found any mistakes.

Extension of immigration checks in the private rented sector

The government is planning a wider roll-out of the provisions in the Immigration Act 2015 which put a 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. The rules are being piloted  in parts of the West Midlands. See the page on renting from a private landlord for details of the checks themselves. This will be amended as soon as we know plans for the wider roll-out.

In the meantime, the rules are being toughened in the new Immigration Bill. Here is a briefing on the Bill from the House of Commons Library.

Pages on helping migrants in the private rented sector

With support from the TDS Charitable Foundation, the website now has pages covering migrants' access to the private rented sector. Click here for the page for migrants and here for the 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

The pages on discrimination and for advisers on helping people who believe they have suffered discrimination, have been revised and extra detail has been added. 

If you spot anything else that needs updating, do please let us know - click Feedback to get in touch.

Recent publications

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 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.

Please email with any suggestions, making clear your message refers to this website.

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