Home Office Consultation on checks to be made by private landlords

08-07-2013 10:53

The Home Office has published a Consultation detailing proposals requiring private Landlords to check the immigration status of new Tenants. It is seeking views on:- 

  1. Before renting an accommodation to anyone to live in as their main or only home, Landlords (and no doubt their Agents) will have to check evidence of that person’s permission to be in the UK. Both Landlords and their Agents will be required to retain a copy of that evidence for their records.
  2. While there is no on going obligation for the Landlord or their Agent to make further checks following the initial check, if the Tenant was a foreign national with an immigration time limit on their stay, then further checks must be made annually or when the person’s permit is due to expire.
  3. If an illegal migrant is found to be living in rented accommodation the Landlord and possibly the Agent, will be subject to a penalty.

The Consultation will close on 21 August 2013 and we will obviously keep you advised of any developments. If you wish to read the Consultation document in full and indeed comment upon it, please go to:

 www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/policyandlaw/consultations/33-landlords/

In the meantime, if you have any questions on this topic, please contact Peter Corrigan.

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