Soon private landlords will be required to conduct immigration checks on new tenancies after 1st December this year; initially, this will only be within a certain pilot area in the West Midlands. The RLA is holding training sessions for anyone interested and urges landlords to be aware of their responsibilities.
The new requirements see private landlords acting as Home Office officials, ensuring that tenants are eligible to live in the United Kingdom. The system will be tested in Greater West Midlands.
Birmingham, Dudley, Walsall, and Wolverhampton are the areas designated for checks. Coventry and Solihull are exempt from the ‘pilot area’. The proposals could very well become a national obligation after the pilot scheme concludes.
To ensure that landlords will be prepared for their new responsibilities, the RLA has created a training course to cover all aspects of the scheme. If you are a landlord in Greater West Midlands, or just want to make sure that you are up to date with your responsibilities consider attending the “Immigration and Right to Rent” courses being held this November and early December…find out more here.
Don’t just wait for this to become a law. Find out what your responsibilities will be, and make sure you know how to fulfil them.
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