UPDATE: Landlord Immigration responsibilities clarified
May 30, 2013 1 Comment
The immigration plans, that looked like they were going to force millions of private landlords to check the immigration status of their tenants, are to be changed with the new rules only applying to certain ‘problem’ areas in the country.
The Immigration Bill, a key part of the Queen’s speech, had created fears that private landlords would become legally responsible for ensuring that they only let properties to people allowed to be in Britain.With anyone found to be breaking the law facing substantial fines that could have run into the thousands of pounds.
However, it has now emerged that the changes will only be targeted at certain areas, such as some boroughs in the west of London. This means that most of the countries two million private landlords will no longer need to worry.
The change is coming about to ensure that most landlords will not be saddled with excessive red tape.
Officials in Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, department are now working on having the bill only apply to areas where immigrants are known to live in “high occupation” houses, such as Ealing and Hounslow. Further, clearer, details are expected when the Immigration Bill is published later this year.