Landlords: are your tenants living here legally?
The Government’s latest proposal to try to curb the influx of illegal immigrants was announced in the Queen’s speech in May.
It states that landlords will be responsible for checking the immigration status of their tenants to determine their right to live in the UK.
This proposal could cause all sorts of problems for landlords. The majority will have no experience of what to look for and how to carry out these types of checks.
There are also plenty of unanswered questions at this point. How will the landlord know that the documents produced to them are genuine? How will they know the ins and outs of immigration status if someone has indefinite leave to remain or has a limited period? And how will they be penalised if they don’t comply? To name a few.
Generally, it’s going to be a case of good housekeeping for landlords. And some will need to seek careful legal advice to make sure they don’t fall foul of the rules and to protect themselves if they do.
Although it’s not yet known what the terms will be and when the proposal will come into force, it’s likely that the Government will want to introduce it in this session of parliament. So we’ll just have to watch this space.
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