Thursday, 10 November 2016

Maximum 5 Year Jail Sentence for Landlords Failing Immigration Checks

Since February all private landlords in England have had to carry out “right to rent” checks on tenants for all new tenancies. Landlords currently face a fine of up to £3000 if they are found to be letting property to people without the right to reside in England. But from 1st December a landlord would have committed a criminal offence where they know or have “reasonable cause to believe” that the property they are letting is occupied by someone who is disqualified due to their immigration status. It will also be an offence for agents who knew or “had reasonable cause to believe” that their landlord client was letting to a tenant who was disqualified due to their immigration status. Read more on the NLA website.

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