Right-to-Rent pilot scheme

A report out yesterday from the Express and Star,  publication covering towns throughout the “Black Country” highlights how the scheme to prosecute landlords for letting to illegal immigrants is working or maybe “not working that well”.

The scheme was introduced in the towns of  Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Dudley,  Walsall and Birmingham by the government as a pilot scheme to introduce tougher rules in dealing with renting property to illegal immigrants,  to ensure that landlords carry out stricter checks on tenants to whom they rent to. However since the launch last December only seven people have reportedly been prosecuted and fined an average of £800 each.

The Government has announced that the “Right to Rent” scheme will be rolled out across the country in an effort to take greater control over illegal immigration, a response to a growing crisis  where every day we see and hear of migrants making their way to Britain from France via Calais.

When the Express & Star asked the Home Office for an update on the scheme they were told it was ‘currently the subject of an evaluation which will be published in due course’. however  a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed the current figures across the whole of the Black Country and Birmingham.

It does not appear to me that the Government and especially the Home office is doing anything effective to stem the flow of illegal immigration to Britain, quite honestly to the ordinary man in the street it has become a complete joke, only yesterday after all the talk of new and stronger measures to increase security at the channel crossing we hear of a lorry driven by  a Polish Driver being stopped on the motorway with numbers of “illegals” inside. The Governement have lost control, that is if the ever had any,  David Cameron needs to show some backbone and take a stronger position, the British Public are totally frustrated by the situation and a backlash will happen very soon if the PM and the Home office do not start to show some effectiveness.

 

 

Allen Walkey

Highly experienced businessman with a successful career in property sales and investment both in the UK and abroad. Now a freelance writer and blogger for the property and Investment Industry, keeping readers up-to-date with changes and events in a rapidly changing world.

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