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CIH Cymru joins forces with housing sector partners to highlight concerns on ‘Right to Rent’

27/07/2018


CIH Cymru has joined with a number of organisations to submit further evidence, highlighting concerns over the potential use of the ‘right to rent’ scheme through the legislation.

Having recently provided evidence to the Equality, Communities and Local Government Committee on the Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Bill on plans to potentially ban the charging of fees to tenants CIH Cymru has joined with a number of organisations to submit further evidence, highlighting concerns over the potential use of the ‘right to rent’ scheme through the legislation.

The letter calls for a number of steps to be taken:

  • Ensure landlords cannot retain holding deposits as a result of ‘right to rent’ checks
  • Re-consider the inclusion of the ‘right to rent’ check within the legislation. We feel, considering the evidence, that the policy is discriminatory and therefore it should not be included
  • Call on the UK government to urgently undertake additional evidence gathering and evaluation exercises to meet the concerns posed by the independent research

The letter has received the backing of The Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales, Tai Pawb, Community Housing Cymru, Shelter Cymru and Dr Simon Hoffman, Associate Professor in the Department of Law and Criminology at Swansea University.

You can read the letter in full by following this link.


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