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Government issues immigration guidance

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Private landlords will have to conduct checks on tenants for tenants ‘right to rent’. Proposals for landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants were touted in 2013 and have resulted in a pilot scheme to commence in September. The location of the pilot scheme will also be disclosed in September. The objective is to make it harder for illegal immigrants to rent accommodation…

Private landlords will have to conduct checks on tenants for tenants ‘right to rent’. Proposals for landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants were touted in 2013 and have resulted in a pilot scheme to commence in September. The location of the pilot scheme will also be disclosed in September. The objective is to make it harder for illegal immigrants to rent accommodation.

The guidance for private landlords can be found here. The most important aspect is that the rules will relate to new tenancies when the Bill comes into force.

The Home Office will be providing draft codes of practice, guidance, and online resources to aid private landlords into making the right decision. Current advice suggests that landlords look for documents such as passports or biometric residence permits to prove the right to live and rent in the UK.

The RLA was one of the very few organisations to come out against these proposals and was considered in the Government changes to the scheme.

The RLA will continue to feed into Government consultations on the topic and keep you abreast of any changes.

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

2 Comments

  • These proposals fail to appreciate that lots of illegal residents will be able stay using a licence rather than a tenancy. Especially where the accommodation provider gives services such as breakfast, cleaning, laundry or resides within the shared premises.
    The regs as drafted will merely curtail genuine landlords. They show an underwhelming appreciation of the relevant market.

  • As a landlords do I have the legal right to ask the agent the Guarantors details.
    please advise

    Kind regards

    Stephen

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