Citation Crawford J, Leahy S & McKee K (2016) The Immigration Act and the ‘Right to Rent’: exploring governing tensions within and beyond the state (Policy Commentary). People, Place and Policy Online, 10 (2), pp. 114-125. https://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.0010.0002.0001
Abstract Using Scotland as a case study, this paper will review the implications of the ‘right to rent’ section of the Immigration Act 2016 for matters of devolved legal competence, such as housing. Outlining the main criticisms from a wide range of agencies and institutions, this paper will go on to argue that these measures cannot be understood in isolation from the wider activities of a neo-liberal government embroiled in the pursuit of border enforcement at one end, while utilising non-state actors in petty sovereign roles to enforce and reify the border on the other. In doing so, we highlight governing tensions within and beyond the state, including between governments at the UK and Scotland level, between landlords and the state, and between landlords and their tenants. In doing so, we illuminate the ways in which the Act is augmenting the State’s role by making border agents of us all.