The controversial Right To Rent, which obliges letting agents and landlords to check the right of prospective tenants to live in the UK, may be amended because of Brexit.
The Queen’s Speech contained proposals for eight Bills which, pending the government securing majorities in the houses of Commons and Lords, will have to be enacted ahead of Britain’s departure from the EU in spring 2019.
One is the Immigration Bill.
The Queen’s Speech earlier this week stated: “With the repeal of the European Communities Act, it will be necessary to establish new powers concerning the immigration status of EEA nationals. The Bill will allow the government to control the number of people coming here from Europe while still allowing us to attract the brightest and the best. The Bill will:
- allow for the repeal of EU law on immigration, primarily free movement, that will otherwise be saved and converted into UK law by the Repeal Bill;
- make the migration of EU nationals and their family members subject to relevant UK law once the UK has left the EU.”
Now the National Landlords’ Association is warning that the Immigration Bill “could involve tweaks to the Right to Rent scheme.”
The Queen’s Speech set out two years‘ worth of legislation, with no specific timetable given for the Immigration Bill.