Delays caused by Covid have pushed back a Government report on how the Right To Rent scheme might change.

Home Secretary Priti Patel says the pandemic has impacted field work which means the delivery of its final implementation report won’t happen until Spring 2021.

In response to a written question from Stephen Timms, chair of the work and pensions committee, who asked for an update on the Windrush Lessons Learned Review, she said the Government was in the “discovery and scoping phase of the review”.

One of the six areas studied in the review is how to prevent people without lawful status from accessing the private rental sector.

Patel said: “A full evaluation of the Right to Rent scheme is already underway.

The evaluation includes a call for evidence to tenants, landlords and letting agents, a mystery shopping exercise and surveys of landlords. Members of the right to rent consultative panel provided input into the design of the evaluation.”

New regulations

New regulations being implemented tomorrow (25th November) will allow non-UK nationals in England to prove their status for Right to Rent through a digital Home Office check.

Tenants will get a share code, which landlords and agents can combine with their date of birth, to access a real-time Home Office system. Some checks will still require document checks as not everyone will have an immigration status that can be checked online.

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