May 17, 2013 Leave a Comment
Included in the Queen’s Speech were new rules that will make it mandatory for landlords, or their agents, to check the immigration status of every tenant that they rent to. If they fail to do this and let to tenants who are living illegally in this country then they could face heavy fines.
Property law specialists are advising landlords that the threat of fines should not be taken lightly. A similar set of rules were introduced four years ago to attempt to curb the number of illegal workers employed in the UK. These rules resulted in the UK Border Agency issuing nearly 7,000 notifications of liability and collecting in the region of £65m in fines.