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The Housing Rights website gives recent arrivals and housing advisers up-to-date information about people's rights when looking for a home, based on their immigration status. Please click the links below to go to the pages for New Arrivals or Housing Advisers in England and Wales, or click for pages on Scotland.

Please note: we provide information about housing rights and options, but the website is not designed to help people make immigration applications or asylum claims. Only regulated advisers can give immigration advice.

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Evictions from hotels

Asylum seekers whose claims are accepted are now being evicted from their Home Office accommodation, often in hotels, at very short notice. This briefing (September, 2023) is for people facing this emergency or who are advising them. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

Help for Ukrainian refugees

Get the latest news and guidance from our Help for Ukrainian refugees page. It is regularly updated.


The Housing Rights website is developed by CIH and published jointly with BME National

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With support from the following housing associations

Tamil Housing Metropolitan Thames Valley Innisfree

The Housing Rights website is jointly published by CIH and BME National with financial support from Metropolitan Thames Valley, Innisfree and Tamil Housing Association. It is written by Sue Lukes and Sam Lister (CIH) and edited by John Perry (CIH). Material on Wales is prepared jointly with Shelter Cymru (providers of comprehensive advice services in Wales); material on Scotland jointly with TC Young (Scottish social housing solicitors). Web design by Keith Burke.

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