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Do your Tenants have the "Right"?

Do your tenants have the ‘Right’?

 

This new legislation applies to tenancies which commenced on or after the 1st February 2016 and stipulates that Landlords need to keep up to date records concerning the status of their tenants.  Landlords must also conduct follow up checks should the tenants right to remain in the country be limited. The new legislation forms part of the Immigration Act 2014 and is designed to prevent those that are living in the country illegally from finding formal residential accommodation. The Home Office also now has the power to enter any property they believe may be occupied by individuals who are in the country illegally.

 

There are a number of documents a tenant can use to prove they have the right to rent a property in the UK although there are some exceptions to the legislation which can be found at www.gov.uk.  Landlords who do not conduct these checks and  who are found to have properties occupied by illegal immigrants may face a civil penalty (up to £3,000 per occupier).

 

For peace of mind, Landlords should always use a reputable letting agency with a comprehensive referencing procedure to source suitable tenants which should incorporate the ‘Right to Rent’ check as part of their process.

 

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Sam Benson at SamB@rhrwclutton.co.uk.

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