Most private sector landlords do not support the Government’s proposals to compel them to carry out immigration checks.
On the day that the Government publishes its consultation on the proposals a survey carried out by the Residential Landlords Association has found that 82 per cent of landlords oppose the plan for the onus to be placed on them to check that all their tenants are legally allowed in the country. Fines are likely for those found to be renting to illegal immigrants.
The RLA believes that the proposal will penalise those legally allowed to stay in the country as rents will rise due to letting agents ramping up fees to cover the costs of further checks on tenants and the greater risks new laws will bring.
The results come amidst reports that the Department for Communities and Local Government is seeking to dampen down the Home Office proposals out of fear that the measures could become far too burdensome for the sector.
Commenting on the survey results Alan Ward, the RLA’s Chairman said:
“The private rented sector is already creaking under the weight of red tape so it is little wonder that landlords are so clearly opposed to this flagship Government measure.
“Whilst the RLA fully supports measures to ensure everyone in the UK is legally allowed to be here, this proposal smacks of political posturing rather than a seriously thought through policy.
“For a Government committed to reducing the burden of regulation it is ironic that they are now seeking to impose a significant extra burden on landlords making them scapegoats for the UK Border Agency’s failings.”
Alan Ward will be on the BBC News at 6 on Wednesday 3rd July 2013 discussing immigration and presenting RLA findings and member opinions. Tune in.