According to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA), almost 20% of British citizens could find it harder to access rental property.
The industry trade body surveyed over 900 landlords and reports that 44% of them said they are less likely to let homes to tenants without a British passport.
Currently 17% of British people do not own a passport and this means that gaining access to housing in the private sector may become more difficult for them.
The government’s Right to Rent scheme has been in operation since February 2016 and the RLA has been researching its impact.
Under this legislation, landlords, or letting agents acting on their behalf, are required to check the immigration status of all prospective tenants.
The survey found that over 50% of the participants are now less likely to consider letting to people who are currently living outside of the UK.
Also, 22% said that they are now less likely to let to EU nationals or those from the European Economic Area.