Illegal immigrants could cost landlords £3000
Landlords are set to face fines of up to £3000 if they rent homes to tenants who do not have the right to live in the UK.
Section 20 to 37 of the Immigration Act 2014 contains provisions to make it compulsory for landlords to check the immigration status of all new adult tenants.
And following a pilot scheme in the West Midlands last year – which left one landlord being issued with a £2000 fine – right to rent rules are due to come into force in England from September.
A failure to conduct immigration checks and provide accommodation to tenants without leave to remain in the UK, could leave landlords paying penalties of £1000 per tenant and £80 per lodger, rising to £3000 and £500 for repeated offences.
But critics say the legislation places an “unfair burden” on landlords, who may lack the knowledge or skills to check if their tenants are allowed to live in Britain.
They point to the landlords’ Code of Practice, which advises that to escape penalties, property owners need to obtain original documents, check that they are genuine and make a clear copy of each document.
If you’re unsure about the changes, make sure you contact an expert for advice. Assetgrove can help – or point you in the direction of someone who can help.
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