Right to Rent
In the recent Queen’s Speech, it was confirmed that private landlords will be required to carry out checks on prospective renters’ immigration status.
Landlords, or their agents, will face a possible fine of £3,000 if they rent property to someone who doesn’t have a right to reside in the country.
Within the industry, it is strongly believed that it is unreasonable to expect landlords or their agents to carry out these checks, in essence carrying out the work of the immigration service, when they are by no means experts on immigration.
It is also a concern that if we place further demands for additional references on prospective tenants, some, more vulnerable, tenants may see having to provide proof of their immigration status as just another barrier, making it even more difficult for them to secure good quality rented accommodation.