Immigration: “Right to Rent” Scheme - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:08 pm on 6th June 2018.

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Photo of Earl Cathcart Earl Cathcart Conservative 3:08 pm, 6th June 2018

My Lords, when the Bill went through this House, a number of us warned that the Government were turning landlords into unpaid and unqualified immigration officers as they now had to check on the immigration status of tenants or face penalties. As a landlord, I quite understand why landlords want to play it safe and rent only to people with bona fide UK passports, thus discriminating against the 17% of UK citizens who do not have a passport and those people who have a perfectly legal right to rent in this country but do not have proper paperwork. Is it right that landlords such as myself should be treated as unpaid immigration officers?