Immigration Bill eviction measures should not be extended to Scotland
The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has added its voice to growing concerns over the potential impact of the UK Government’s 2015 Immigration Bill on migrants living in the private rented sector.
The Bill will compel private landlords to check the immigration status of tenants and to evict them if they lose their entitlement to remain living in the UK.
The Scottish Government has confirmed that the Bill will enable UK ministers to extend the proposed eviction measures to Scotland through secondary legislation.
In response to a question tabled in the Scottish Parliament by John Finnie MSP, Scottish Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: “I have written to the Minister for Immigration making clear my concerns and urging him to amend the Immigration Bill to require the UK Government to seek the consent of this Parliament before it extends the legislation to Scotland.”
The Chartered Institute of Housing has previously raised more general concerns that the Immigration Bill risks increasing discrimination and homelessness and will make it much more difficult for migrants who do have the right to live in the UK to access housing in the private rented sector.
Commenting on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland, director Annie Mauger said:
“We have consistently voiced concerns about the potential negative impact of this legislation, particularly for documented migrants seeking to access housing in the private rented sector.
“We believe it conflicts with the Scottish Government’s objective to promote fairness and equality in Scottish housing policy and to increase security for the growing number of tenants in the private rented sector.
“The Scottish Parliament must be fully consulted before any moves to extend the proposed eviction measures to Scotland.”