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.
- Landlords attack Governments immigration proposals: May 2013
- RLA quoted in immigration bill second reading
- Read all RLA immigration stories here
The RLA will continue to feed into Government consultations on the topic and keep you abreast of any changes.