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RLA holds tenant immigration checks meeting with Home Office and DCLG

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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 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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Further information

Read, the UK Border Agency’s consultation document, ‘Tackling illegal immigration in privately rented accommodation’.

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

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