New immigration checks for landlords are getting closer
Fri 06 Mar 2015
The need for landlords to check whether a potential tenant has the right to reside in the UK is getting nearer.
The pilot phase of the new proposals for Letting Agents to carry out 'immigration checks' on potential tenants has now been completed. The pilot was launched before christmas in the West Midlands and Agents are being asked for their feedback.
The Home Office has said that it will produce a report on its findings later this year. The full Scheme is due to be rolled out nationally later this year
The new laws will require landlords to check the right of tenants to be in the country. They will have to carry out document checks to identify if a potential tenant has the right to reside in the UK, before they grant a tenancy. Landlords will also have to keep appropriate records during the tenancy and for at least 12 months after the tenancy has ended
The regulations will allow landlords to instruct Agents to carry out these checks on their behalf.
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