Foreign nationals make up seven out of every hundred new tenants in England, a survey has found
Visitors from 133 countries have sought accommodation since February last year, with most applicants being of Indian, Romanian and Italian nationality, according to analysis of Right to Rent checks.
The research, by tenant referencing company Rent4sure, found people from Spain, France and the United States were also among the most likely to try to rent in England.
The Right to Rent scheme, which was launched in England in February last year, requires landlords to ensure tenants or lodgers have a right to be in the country by checking their documentation.
Rent4sure, which helps approximately 30,000 tenants move home every month, said 7 per cent of applicants across the last 14 months were foreign nationals.
Of those, 8 per cent were Indian, 7.9 per cent were Romanian and 6.6 per cent were Italian.
Visitors from 133 countries have sought accommodation since February last year
Spanish and French nationals each made up 5.6 per cent of foreign applicants and Americans made up 5.1 per cent.
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, which have an estimated population of just 30 people, were also represented in the applications.
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The research also found the number of invalid tenancy applications from foreign nationals decreased from 4 per cent to 2 per cent across the 14 months.
Luke Burton, director at Rent4sure, said: "Our data shows the diverse range of nationalities that are interested in rental property in the UK, and highlights why suitable rental property is in demand.
People from Spain, France and the United States were also among the most likely to try to rent
"If we want to continue offering a warm welcome to people from across the world, the Government must work with landlords and letting agents to enable the buy-to-let sector to thrive and remain an asset to the UK economy, at the same time as providing the right types of property to serve everyone in the UK market."