"Landlords are now expected to act as Immigration Officers" the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants warns in recent report on the Government's 'Right to Rent' scheme
The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has published a scathing report on the government's Right to Rent scheme, claiming the new legislation discriminates against migrants and BME individuals.
Saira Grant warned in a recent press release; “This scheme encourages discrimination and will create a hostile environment for all."
JCWI, who have been monitoring the scheme since it's pilot was launched last year, also warned that under the new scheme, landlords are forced to act as Immigration Officers; "We have no doubt that this scheme will cause confusion and place a significant burden on landlords who are now expected to take on the role of Immigration Officers. Local authorities, who are already under pressure due to funding cuts, will now find themselves burdened with more work."
"JCWI’s independent evaluation showed direct discrimination by landlords against those legally here but with complicated or unclear immigration status. These checks are also leading to increased racial profiling. Those who appear foreign or have foreign accents are finding it increasingly difficult to access tenancies."
Last year, JCWI reported "The Right to Rent checks form part of a package of measures intended to create a “hostile environment” for irregular migrants in the UK." 
The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has conducted an independent evaluation of the Right to Rent scheme and has uncovered a number of negative impacts on tenants and landlords as a direct result of the scheme. The main findings are as follows:
The report also stated; "Landlords do not agree with the scheme with 69% stating they should not be made to undertake these checks."
"The Government rushed through the nationwide roll out, without proper consideration of the evidence found in our independent evaluation, and even evidence disclosed by their own evaluation."
"The Home Office has responded to our concerns surrounding the scheme here but the response is inadequate."