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What's new? - recent updates to the site

New immigration checks in the private rented sector

Immigration checks now have to be carried out when a new tenancy begins . 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. 

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.

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.

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.

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 on the new immigration checks in the private rented sector.


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