Members of Parliament have approved measures that will give greater protection to landlords wanting to evict illegal immigrants.
An industry body is suggesting that the outcome of a court case may significantly reduce the government’s ability to enforce its Right To Rent policy.
The Residential Landlords’ Association says in a case involving Ryanair appealing against fines imposed for carrying illegal immigrants into the UK, the judge held that the way the regime for airlines to check passports is operated by the Home Office “offends the basic concepts of justice and indeed rule of law.”
Any agent or landlord who vets a prospective tenant and finds that they are an illegal immigrant does not have to report them – provided they do not allow that person to rent.
The wording of a sentence, which apparently highlights an absurdity, leaps out of a new Commons briefing paper on Right to Rent.
Right to Rent was rolled out across England on February 1.
It currently carries civil penalties, but the newer Immigration Bill plans to turn these into criminal penalties with stiff fines and possible jail for agents and landlords.
Right to rent is badly communicated, confusing and complex. And I’ve never met a landlord who can tell a valid Liechtenstein passport from a forgery
Landlords will have to start checking passports and visas of new tenants from Monday February 1 as "right to rent" legislation comes into force.
Families taking in lodgers also have to make sure the person has the right to live in the UK.
Fines of up to £3,000 apply where tenants are not entitled to live in Britain.
Private landlords or their agents could be required to check the immigration status of at least 2.6m people a year – and possibly more than double that number – when Right to Rent is implemented in England in just over three weeks’ time.
With the Immigration Act 2014 and its obligations to check all tenants have a right to rent coming into force across all of England from February 1, many agents are getting concerned about what they will need to do.
The Home Office has announced that from February 1, 2016, the Right to Rent scheme will be extended across England. This means all private landlords, or their agents, in England, including those subletting or taking in lodgers, will have to check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property.
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