What does Right to Rent mean for you?

The government has announced that from 1 February 2016, all private landlords in England will have to check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property. Under the new rules, landlords who fail to check a potential tenant’s ‘Right to Rent’ will face penalties of up to £3,000 per tenant. The new law will mean that private landlords, including those who sub-let or take in lodgers, must check the right of prospective tenants to be in the country to avoid being hit with a penalty. In this video Paul Shamplina from Landlord Action talks about Right to Rent immigration checks which is the new law brought in by the government from the 1st February.
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Right to Rent Checks Law by February 2016

Heres a great video from Sally Lawson of Concentric Lettings about the responsibilities of a landlord to check the immigration status of any tenant. Click here to view the video   From February 2016 all landlords will need to check that their tenant have the right to be in the country and has the right to rent in the UK.  They will need to check that the prospective tenant has a valid UK or EU passport. There will be an ability to check the status of the tenant online via the immigration website. But as you can imagine this website might get a bit busy when February 2016 comes around. There will be penalties of up to £3,000 for repeat offenders. More information can be found on the government website.  Have a look at this informative 4 minute video to gain more information.    
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Unpaid policy puppets?

Stephen Moss is founder of Pring.co.uk, the UK’s biggest investment property portal. Here he talks about Government plans to introduce penalties of up to five years in prison for landlords that let properties to illegal immigrants … The residential property sector makes a valuable contribution to the nations economic life. We absorb the knocks of fluctuating interest rates, new-build shortfalls, banking collapses, economic downturns and population shifts with barely a murmur. We pay our taxes, keep our heads down, work hard and hopefully make a fair return for our efforts at the end of the day. At no point in the broad description, did anyone make any reference to being an unpaid police force or a defined and unrewarded arm of the civil service, existing for the purpose of implementing government policy. Suddenly, panic stricken by the swelling migrant crisis and stranded by the conflicting forces of public opinion and...
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5 years in jail for Landlords who house illegal immigrants

Landlords could face prison for failing to check the immigration status of tenants. Repeatedly failing to evict illegal immigrants would be a new offence carrying maximum penalties of five years imprisonment or a fine for convicted landlords. There are also plans by the Government to create to create a blacklist of criminal landlords and letting agents, with a ban on letting for those repeatedly convicted of housing offences. Responding to the announcement, RLA Chairman, Alan Ward said “The RLA is to meet the Home Office tomorrow to discuss immigration checks.  Why has this extra responsibility and risk been put on landlords and agents?  Why not employers? “The ability to evict illegals may answer the problem of abandonment if an illegal immigrant is removed by the authorities, but is a potential minefield if we get it wrong. Just because a landlord has the right to evict, it doesn’t explain how to go...
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