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Pilot right to rent measures 05/09/2014 Government plans to require private landlords to check whether prospective tenants are entitled to be in the UK took a step forward this week.

Pilot right to rent measures

Government plans to require private landlords to check whether prospective tenants are entitled to be in the UK took a step forward this week, with the launch of a pilot project.

The new measures, which form part of the Immigration Act, will be launched in Birmingham, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton on 1st December as part of a phased introduction across the country.

Under the scheme, landlords will need to see evidence of a person’s identity and citizenship, for example a passport or biometric residence permit, and will need to keep copies of the documentation as evidence the checks have been carried out. The landlords will then have to keep the copies for one year after the tenancy ends.

Landlords who do not comply with the new measures face a fine of up to £3,000.

The Immigration Act 2014, which became law earlier this year, is focused on stopping illegal migrants using public services to which they are not entitled. The Government argues that this will reduce the pull factors which encourage people to come to the UK for the wrong reasons, and will make it easier for the Home Office to remove people who should not be here.

“The right to rent checks will be quick and simple, but will make it more difficult for immigration offenders to stay in the country when they have no right to be here,” said Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire. “They will also act as a new line of attack against unscrupulous landlords who exploit people by renting out substandard, overcrowded and unsafe accommodation.”

 

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