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Immigration Right-to-rent – 1st February 2016 roll out

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The Home Office have announced today – 20th October 2015 – that the Right-to-rent phase 1 scheme in the West Midlands will be rolled out across England in early 2016. Right-to-rent is one part of the government’s ongoing reforms to the immigration system to make it harder for illegal migrants to live in the UK…

The Home Office have announced today – 20th October 2015 – that the Right-to-rent phase 1 scheme in the West Midlands will be rolled out across England in early 2016. Right-to-rent is one part of the government’s ongoing reforms to the immigration system to make it harder for illegal migrants to live in the UK.

Read more: Immigration Bill & Right-to-rent proposals – RLA in the news.

In most cases, checks can be carried out without contacting the Home Office. However, if a tenant has an outstanding immigration application or appeal with the Home Office, landlords can request a Home Office Right to Rent check.

The RLA is concerned that there are only two full time advisers staffing the right-to-rent advice line.

Landlords who don’t make the checks could be fined up to £3,000 per tenant if they are found to be renting out a property to someone who’s in the UK illegally.

RLA Policy Director David Smith is giving evidence today in the House of Commons regarding the Government’s latest Immigration Bill that seeks to impose tougher penalties on those who persistently breach regulations. It will be up to landlords to conduct checks on tenancies that begin after the 1st February 2016 start date.

Click here to read the RLA’s briefing paper on the Immigration Bill

You can see RLA Policy Director David Smith provide evidence from 15.00 on the Parliament.tv website. Click here.

 

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