How we can help Resources Reports Passport Please This report from February 2017 examines the impact of the 'right to rent' scheme a year on from its nationwide roll-out in England. The scheme requires landlords and agents to check the immigration status of all prospective tenants and refuse tenancy to anyone without valid leave. If they fail to fully comply with the scheme they face a fine of up to £3,000 or a prison sentence of up to five years. The report builds on an independent evaluation published in 2015. The report reveals that foreigners and British citizens without passports, particularly those from ethnic minorities, are being discriminated against in the private rental housing market. 51% of landlords surveyed said that the scheme would make them less likely to consider letting to foreign nationals. 42% of landlords stated that they were less likely to rent to someone without a British passport as a result of the scheme. This rose to 48% when explicitly asked to consider the impact of the criminal sanction. An enquiry from a British Black Minority Ethnic (BME) tenant without a passport was ignored or turned down by 58% of landlords in a mystery shopping exercise. In addition, the Government is failing to adequately monitor the scheme to measure whether or not it is working as intended, or whether it is causing discrimination. Enforcement under the scheme is low, and there is no evidence to suggest that the scheme is encouraging irregular migrants to leave the UK. Click here or on the image below to view and download the report.