- Affected individuals and organisations. Charity and campaign groups
- United Kingdom
In what has been widely condemned as a desperate attempt by the Conservative's to secure the anti-immigrant vote for the 2015 elections, the recent Theresa May sponsored Immigration bill includes plans to require landlords to check the immigration status of would be tenants, imposing a fine of up to £3,000 on any found letting to illegal immigrants.
Details of the bill can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/proposals-for-landlord-checks-to-tackle-illegal-migrants-renting
There are widespread concerns that this will lead to discrimination against non EU immigrants as a whole, as Landlords would prefer to err on the side of caution
BBC's Inside Out programme of Monday 14 October provides evidence that there is current practice of discrimination amongst landlords and letting agents against Afro-Carribean people, confirming fears that this would lead to further discrimination which could effectively prevent black and other minority groups from renting. Please see link to documentary http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-24372509
This law will only serve to foster further discrimination and untold hardship for the individuals and families that will be affected by it, and seems such a hefty price to pay to further a political agenda.
No responsible government should seek to deny anyone of this fundamental human right to further a political agenda.
Please sign the petition to prevent this bill from becoming law.
The more votes we get the greater our chances of convincing Parliament to vote against this outrageous bill at the next reading.
The Stop Theresa May from making immigrants homeless petition to Affected individuals and organisations. Charity and campaign groups was written by Victoria Broderick and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition.