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Landlords face fines if tenants fall foul of immigration rules

2 December 2014 / By: / Under: London Property News, Landlords

Landlords must seek evidence that their tenants have the right to live and work in the UK, or face £3,000 fines.

The Right To Rent rules will be introduced in the West Midlands areas of Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton before being introduced throughout the UK next year, according to the Home Office.

Under the Immigration Act 2014, landlords will need to see a passport or a biometric residence permit, which is an official form of identification.

However, a National Landlords Association spokesperson said the new regulations could mean landlords end up favouring lower-risk tenants to avoid being caught out.

The NLA added that it’s important landlords remain aware of changes to the law and keep abreast of their responsibilities.

We predict that the burden will increasingly fall on landlords when it comes to their tenants, so it’s imperative that they understand the implications of these rulings.

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