New duty for residential landlords to check tenant’s immigration status

From October 2014, residential landlords who fail to check if their tenants have the right to live in the UK, before renting out their property, will face the prospect of fines.

14 July 2014

From October 2014, residential landlords who fail to check if their tenants have the right to live in the UK, before renting out their property, will face the prospect of fines.

There will be exemptions for existing tenants and lettings in particular sectors, normally those where immigration checks will already have been carried out on the tenant under other legislation. The Home Office is to provide a new online tool, telephone and email enquiry service for landlords to use. Our briefing Checks or Cheques looks at the new rules in more detail.

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