Government published last week the updated guidance on right to rent checks on undocumented Commonwealth citizens.
The updated guidance contains information for landlords wishing to rent private residential property in England to Commonwealth citizens (known as ‘Windrush’ cases) who are long-term residents of the UK but do not have documents to demonstrate their status.
The government recognizes that some people who have lived in the UK for most of their lives are having difficulty providing the necessary evidence of their status and wants to help them to get the documents to prove their right to live here and to support landlords undertaking right to rent checks.
The government gives details of a helpline for landlords to call if they are concerned about a prospective tenants’ ability to evident their right to rent.
There is also a helpline number for prospective tenants who cannot evidence their right to rent.
On 23 April 2018, the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, made a statement to Parliament about new measures to establish a permanent and sustainable solution for members of the Windrush generation who have been in the country for decades but found themselves unable to evidence their legal right to remain in the UK.
-waive the citizenship fee for anyone in the Windrush generation who wishes to apply for citizenship – this applies to those who have no current documentation, and also to those who have it
-waive the requirement to carry out a Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK test
-waive the fee for the children of the Windrush generation who are in the UK who need to apply for naturalisation
-ensure that those who made their lives here but have now retired to their country of origin, are able to come back to the UK – the cost of any fees associated with this process will be waived
-be setting up a new scheme to compensate people who have suffered loss – this will be run by an independent person
-establish a new customer contact centre, so anyone who is struggling to navigate the many different immigration routes can speak to a person and get appropriate advice
-ensure that people who arrived after 1973 but before 1988 can also access the dedicated Windrush team so they can access the support and assistance needed to establish their claim to be here legally
Visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/undocumented-commonwealth-citizens-resident-in-the-uk/guidance-for-landlords-conducting-right-to-rent-checks-on-undocumented-commonwealth-citizens to access the updated guidance