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Immigration Act 2014 – Attention all Landlords

But things are not set to get any easier for – from 1 February 2016 all private landlords in England will have to check that new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property (right to rent). 

The Immigration Act 2014 prohibits private landlords of residential properties from allowing certain people to occupy their properties based on the immigration status of the occupiers and requires landlords to check the status of prospective tenants and to find out whether tenants have the right to occupy the premises before granting a tenancy.

In addition, the responsibility extends to the landlords to check if the right to occupy does not lapse.

There is a penalty of £3,000 for a breach of these rules.

If you have any queries concerning the matters raised please contact Chris Sykes.