Immigration Checks Loom One Step Closer

11th August 2014

The Immigration Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 14 May 2014. Current indications are that the checking scheme will begin in October.

Once the provisions come into force, private landlords of residential properties will be prohibited from letting to persons unless their immigration status has been checked and verified. Failing to comply with the provisions could lead to a civil penalty of up to £3,000. Persons will be disqualified from occupying property under a residential tenancy agreement if they:

  • are not a relevant national, which is a British Citizen, a national of an EEA state or a national of Switzerland;
  • do not have a right to rent in relation to the property.

The Home Office will provide an online checking tool and a free telephone enquiry service for landlords, and further details are expected. Residential Landlords and Agents - Watch this Space

For more details, contact Nyree Applegarth at Higgs & Sons.


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