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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Landlord Action says tackling ‘retaliatory eviction’ needs more resource to guarantee accuracy

Landlord Action’s latest figures show a 30% rise in claims for possession under Section 21 over the last six months, raising concerns that Government plans to tackle ‘retaliatory eviction’ will require greater resource if it is to find a fair solution for both landlords and tenants. Rogue Landlords Applying pressure to rid the market of rogue landlords who exploit tenants is imperative. In principle, Landlord Action fully supports plans to stop ‘retaliatory eviction’, acknowledging that as a firm, they too have experienced a minority of landlords who would prefer to evict a tenant complaining of disrepair to a property, via a Section 21 (S21) notice, rather than carry out the necessary work. However, Founder of Landlord Action, Paul Shamplina, has two main concerns: Firstly, he believes the complexities with determining what is deemed ‘reasonable repair’ will require consideration on a case by case basis to avoid landlords’ possession claims being...
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Landlords should get web ratings, says consumer group

Tenants should have a rating website on which they can share their experiences of landlords, a consumer body has said.
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