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Read more about the different types of rentals and your right to stay in private accommodation The Home Office points out that Commonwealth Caribbean migrants, who settled in the UK before 1973 (often referred to as the “Windrush generation”), have been living there permanently since then and have not disappeared long in the last 30 years. have the right to rent. The Home Office has issued guidelines for landlords wishing to rent to Commonwealth citizens who do not have documents proving their status. The guidelines state that if the accommodation is rented or inhabited by an adult with a time-limited rental right, a follow-up check must be carried out before the end of the “claim period”, whichever is later:[5]:[5] As long as such a declaration is made before the expiry of the person`s temporary tenancy right, the owner retains a legal excuse against the fines imposed on him. It is possible to request verification of a person`s rental right by the Home Office, online or by telephone, from the Landlords` Helpline on 0300 069 9799, if that person states that: A person has an unlimited right to rent if he or she is: only private rental units used as the user`s sole or primary dwelling are covered by the provisions. Check with the Home Office to find out if the tenant is a Commonwealth citizen but doesn`t have the right documents – they may still have the right to rent in the UK. The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) runs a free and confidential helpline for undocumented migrants on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 1pm on 0207 553 7470. It is specifically aimed at people who are uns sure of their immigration status and who need specialist immigration advice, whether they can obtain permission from the Home Office to rent, the strength of their right to regularise their status in the UK and how they can move their case forward. For more information about your landlord`s repair obligations, check out our tips for making repairs when you rent. And if they`re not familiar with Rent to Rent, which is the most lawyers, your lawyer won`t know what specific clauses you need. An owner or agent who refuses to rent premises to persons or who only verifies persons whom he believes are not British or EEA nationalities or who do not have a rental right because of their skin colour, ethnic or national origin, is unlawfully discriminatory. .

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