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RLA holds second tenant immigration checks meeting with Home Office

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The RLA held a second meeting with Home Office and border control officials this week, to discuss the implications of the Government’s proposals to make landlords responsible for tenant immigration checks.

The RLA held a second meeting with Home Office and border control officials this week, to discuss the implications of the Government’s proposals to make landlords responsible for tenant immigration checks.

The discussion took place at Manchester Airport, where officials were keen to stress the ‘light touch’ approach that they aim to implement.

However, there are genuine concerns that there will not be enough clarity in the guidelines to define the boundaries of landlords’ liabilities, and these concerns were expressed by the RLA.

After the meeting, Andrew Goodacre, the RLA’s chief executive, said, “If the tenant immigration checks were simply about landlords photocopying prospective tenants’ ID documents and filing them away, then I do not think there would be many opponents to the Government’s proposals. However, we know Government simply doesn’t work like that, and a ‘light touch’ approach only lasts as long as the next Government crackdown.

“There are a number of flaws with the proposals, but most notably we are deeply concerned at where the boundary begins and ends between a landlord’s legal obligation and potential prosecution. This has yet to be clearly defined, and there is a danger that compliant landlords may find themselves criminalised through no fault of their own, at the whim of a border control case worker or the demands of political leaders.”

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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.

12 Comments

  • As mentioned in the article, it would be fine if landlords can just take a photocopy of ID documents.
    However, the Data Protection Act means that landlords would then be acting as Data Controllers, meaning they would have to register with the data commissioner, and be able to prove that they store the photocopied documents securely, etc.

    Suddenly becoming a bit more complicated, even without govt then adding extra procedures while they’re at it.

  • I have been photocopying and keeping photocopied passport visas for years

    do i understand i can no longer do this under data protection laws this info is held on my email folders and in hard copy files

    eager to know if i am breaking law

    regards

    jayne

  • So the BORDERS AGENCY acknowledge how incompetent they are by allowing so many illegals into the country it is necessary for private landlords to police it and be fined if they fail! When I raised the issue with my MP James Brokenshire told me it would not increase red tape. How can he justify his position within the Government? this will increase red tape for Landlords and put them at risk of fines. I think its the Government who are “touched” light or not!

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