9 May

Residential landlords to be required to check immigration

Residential landlords to be required to check immigration

Residential landlords in the UK could soon be required to check the immigration status of their tenants under new proposals unveiled as a part of the Queen's speech.

At the moment, employers are where the onus is placed in terms of making sure people are legally allowed to reside in the country, but this could be placed onto landlords as well.

It would mean that those who are not going out of their way to carry out the correct background checks would face a fine, however, it was not yet revealed what would need to be done to avoid this punishment.

It is another issue that could make the buy-to-let market more difficult for landlords, especially with illegal immigrants likely to produce fake passports and other documentation.

However, the National Landlords Association (NLA) backed the new plans.

Chief executive officer Richard Lambert said: "Tenant checks should include not only an identity check, as suggested, but also whether the tenant has any County Court Judgments, possible aliases and include references from their employer and a previous landlord. Such checks should highlight any immigration irregularities."ADNFCR-1222-ID-801583198-ADNFCR

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