Landlords insured by Homelet, who accept asylum seekers as tenants, will have to seek alternative cover, the tenancy scheme's underwriter Groupama has warned.

Groupama would not respond to queries about its refusal to cover residences rented to asylum seekers.

But a Homelet spokeswoman confirmed the omission of asylum seekers was at Groupama's request.

Homelet, a landlord insurance scheme run through the Hanover Park Group, recently wrote to renewing policyholders, warning it was “unable to provide cover for properties occupied or likely to be occupied by asylum seekers”.

The letter warned that landlords who failed to ensure their occupiers were not asylum seekers would have their policy invalidated. However, the 25-page policy document contains no mention of asylum seekers.

Homelet does cover other traditionally high-risk tenants such as DSS claimants and students.

Groupama said it was in touch with Homelet and investigating the specifics of the matter but found it inappropriate to comment further.