The RLA yesterday held talks with Home Office and Department for Communities and Local Government officials, to discuss Government proposals for landlords to undertake immigration checks on prospective tenants.
The RLA voiced landlords’ concerns about the potential bureaucracy of the proposals and the potential for unsuspecting landlords to be open to prosecution. A recent RLA survey revealed that 82 per cent of landlords are opposed to the plans.
In response to RLA concerns, the officials were quick to state that any checks would be ‘light touch’ with a simple process to follow, and that landlords were not expected to become immigration experts.
The association will continue to maintain dialogue with Government officials, and will be submitting its formal response to the Government consultation in due course.
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Read, the UK Border Agency’s consultation document, ‘Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation’.