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Title: Generating Confusion, Concern, and Precarity through the Right to Rent Scheme in Scotland
Author(s): Leahy, Sharon
McKee, Kim
Crawford, Joe
Keywords: immigration act
right to rent
borders
housing policy
Issue Date: 30-Jun-2018
Citation: Leahy S, McKee K & Crawford J (2018) Generating Confusion, Concern, and Precarity through the Right to Rent Scheme in Scotland. Antipode, 50 (3), pp. 604-620. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12369
Abstract: The Immigration Act 2016 has heralded an era of amplified Government intervention into day‐to‐day life, placing increased responsibility for border protection on UK citizens. Using interviews with representatives from the field of housing in Scotland, this paper examines one specific aspect of the Immigration Act 2016, the Right to Rent scheme. We investigate how the Right to Rent creates a precarious environment for all those who may appear to be non‐UK citizens. We argue that it may endorse senses of fantasy citizenship to inculcate people into acting on behalf of the state and is a driver for further division in society. Scotland provides a particularly interesting case study, as housing is a devolved power, but immigration is not. This creates an additional layer of tension in our interview data, as housing organisations are faced with a set of conditions imposed from Westminster, infringing on a field that Scotland has self‐determined for some time. Our interviews illustrate the level of confusion around the scheme, the fact that it is increasing criminalisation in the housing sector, and stresses that the scheme is offloading state responsibility for border protection.
DOI Link: 10.1111/anti.12369
Rights: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Leahy, S. , McKee, K. and Crawford, J. (2018), Generating Confusion, Concern, and Precarity through the Right to Rent Scheme in Scotland. Antipode, 50: 604-620, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12369. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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